Girls Hornets beats J-D for tourney title

A 19-7 run in the second quarter broke the game open, and J-D never got caught. Alyssa Gratien was superb, pouring in 22 points, including all four of her team's 3-pointers, while Theresa Hernandez had 14 points and Jessica Kramer got 12 points. Nicole Ortega contributed eight points.

This set up Saturday's final between J-D and F-M. In this heated local battle, it came down to defense -- and that's just what the Hornets wanted.

F-M inched into a 17-13 lead by halftime, then spent the rest of the contest answering every time the Red Rams would try to catch up. What's more, the Hornets shut down J-D for long periods and didn't let anyone other than Gratien (14 points) or Kramer (13 points) be productive.

Meanwhile, Trapani worked her way to 15 points and tournament MVP honors. Ali Pliszka stepped up, earning nine points, while Maureen Gilroy added six points.

Before J-D could host the tournament, it first had to take care of its opener last Tuesday against Chittenango -- and it did so, with frightening authority, as it shut out the Bears through long portions of a 49-16 decision.

Lethal on the defensive side, J-D matched that with a consistent, productive attack that led to an 18-2 edge by the end of the first quarter. As if that wasn't enough, J-D also outscored Chittenango 18-6 in the third period.

Kramer, with 14 points, nearly matched the Bears by herself. Gratien had nine points, while Caitlin Cariseo and Ortega each had six points.

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