Brothers fight off J-D, move to 8-0

As the Christian Brothers Academy girls basketball team was quick to find out, an undefeated mark meant little when paired up against rival Jamesville-DeWitt.

Down by as many as 11 in the first quarter, the Red Rams clawed back, got even, and had lots of chances to go in front before a late burst helped the Brothers pull away to a 51-36 win.

It took nearly 11 minutes for J-D to land a field goal against CBA's hard-charging defense. And it was 17-6 early in the second quarter, a chance for the game to get away quickly.

But by slowing the game down and taking J-D out of its rhythm, fought back within four, 19-15, by halftime. It continued in the third quarter, as the Rams' fierce defense, plus timely baskets on the other end, produced a 23-23 tie.

However, J-D never got in front, and though it hovered until the fourth quarter, CBA steadily regained control, using a 9-0 run midway through the final period to separate, capped by Leanne Ockenden's long 3-pointer from beyond NBA range.

Both of CBA's stars stood out, as Niagara University-bound Kayla Stroman had 23 points and Ockenden chimed in with 15 points. Ellen Voorheis added six points. J-D had Alyssa Gratien produce 12 points and Jessica Kramer earn 10 points, but lost forward Micha Williams to an injury early in the fourth quarter.

Though both CBA and J-D won their Tuesday tune-ups for the neighborhood clash, the methods of the two sides were vastly different.

The Brothers went to Fulton and unleashed yet another high-octane offensive show, roaring past the Red Raiders 71-31.

An 18-5 start was nice enough, but CBA saved the heavy stuff for a third quarter where it outscored Fulton 27-7 and more than doubled its margin.

Ockenden got nearly half her 25 points from a quartet of 3-pointers, while Stroman threw in 18 points. Voorheis (nine points) and Michelle Damico (seven points) offered the support.

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