CBA girls beat J-D, take league title

On the last Saturday of the regular season, the Christian Brothers Academy and Jamesville-DeWitt girls basketball teams would settle the OHSL Freedom division regular-season title between them.

And the Brothers would claim the crown, beating the Red Rams 56-46 to complete a regular-season sweep, as CBA had also won at J-D back on Jan. 14.

In both those meetings, the Brothers quickly found out that the Rams had no intention of letting Leanne Ockenden get open jump shots anywhere on the court.

The first time around, that would lead to major struggles for CBA's offense --but the rematch featured some remedies, even as Ockenden could only manage 11 points.

Katie Webster had her best all-around game of the season, leading the Brothers with 18 points, and for good measure, earning eight rebounds and six steals.

Kelsey Johnson, a reserve forward, grabbed 14 rebounds to go with her eight points to make up for struggles from the likes of Michelle Damico, Ellen Voorheis and Victoria Johnson, who had just four field goals between them.

Together, they sparked CBA to a 30-21 halftime lead. J-D would push back, pulling within three, 38-35, by the end of the third period, but the Brothers would get away in the late going.

The Red Rams had Jessica Kramer and Theresa Hernandez each finish with 13 points, while CBA swarmed all over Alyssa Gratien, holding her to eight points.

This league title showdown was set up by home games CBA and J-D had against third-place Cortland, which had wildly varying results. .

CBA, going first against the Purple Tigers last Tuesday night, rode another special effort from Ockenden to a 61-48 victory.

Fresh off conquering Fayetteville-Manlius and Liverpool to win the Central Square Coaches vs. Cancer Classic, CBA applied the same medicine to Cortland.

Steadily, the Brothers worked its way to a 36-22 halftime lead, then really found its stride in the third quarter, outscoring 22-8 to assure the outcome.

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