Girls basketball Hornets roll to J-D tournament title

Then J-D took the court against Massena in the other half of the opening round and took a 52-23 defeat to the Red Raiders.

For one period, J-D held up as it took a 12-9 lead. But the visiting Red Raiders reeled off 15 unanswered points in the second quarter, moving ahead for good and eventually going on a 35-5 run that stretched deep into the second half. Kayleigh Cavanaugh led the Rams with just seven points.

Forced into Saturday's consolation game against Oswego, J-D lost again, this time in a 41-33 decision where, again, the middle stages proved decisive.

Ahead 6-4 going into the second quarter, the Rams watched as the Bucs took off on a 30-15 surge that covered two full periods. Arriell Mussi, in defeat, produced nine points for J-D as Cavanaugh earned eight points and Cydney Goodrum earned six points.

Then F-M took the court for the final against Massena, and quickly set a brisk pace, taking a 17-12 lead. Then it really put the Red Raiders away as it outscored them 20-9 in the second quarter, then kept adding to the margin in the second half.

Pliszka, in particular, broke out, casting aside her quiet showing against Oswego to punish Massena with 20 points as she earned eight field goals, two of them 3-pointers. Close behind, Beers also had a big night, working inside for her 16 points as Shoemaker (nine points) and Rios (eight points) nearly joined them in double figures and Erica Assimon added six points.

East Syracuse-Minoa, 12-7 a season ago, made a weather-delayed debut on Saturday and beat Chittenango 42-35. Trailing 11-6 after one period, the Spartans gradually made up that deficit, then took charge in the fourth quarter when it outscored the Bears 18-12.

Gabby Eure stood out in her varsity starting debut, leading ESM with 18 points, including eight successful free throws. Olivia Luciani, the only returning starter from 2009-10, had eight points, while Juile Maselli delivered seven points. No Chittenango player scored in double figures.

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