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J-D boys hoops topples Nichols, Fulton

In that head-to-head duel inside, Coleman did not get overwhelmed, finishing with 17 points and nine rebounds as Regan (25 points, 19 rebounds) proved superb.

With Nichols determined to keep Lamar Kearse (11 points) contained on the perimeter, Mitchell flourished, as he matched Coleman with 17 points as Cavanaugh put up 14 points. For the Vikings, Wier had 14 points, just ahead of Conner Vandergrief (13 points) and Andrew MacKinnon (12 points).

Before all this, the J-D girls team, donning pink socks to honor Coaches vs. Cancer, beat Fulton 54-33 to improve its record to 12-2 and stay at the top of the OHSL Freedom division.

It wasn't that easy, though. The Red Raiders played the Red Rams to a 14-14 first-quarter tie, but as J-D's defense tightened, it took charge. All Fulton managed was nine points in the second half.

Alyssa Gratien again led J-D's effort, earning 19 points, including nine free throws and a pair of 3-pointers. Jessica Kramer contributed 13 points, while Theresa Hernandez put up 10 points.

When the boys Red Rams met Fulton Saturday night in yet another game at OCC, it proved scary for a while before J-D beat the Red Raiders 67-57.

Determined to slow the Rams down, Fulton claimed an 11-9 lead. That seemed to alert J-D, who seized the lead in the second quarter and outscored the Red Raiders 42-28 in those middle two periods.

Far from smooth, the Rams still had Coleman finish with 23 points as he controlled the paint. Kearse improved to 14 points, while Cavanaugh had 11 points. Mitchell had seven points and Jailaan Kinsey picked up six points. For Fulton, Max Ambuske had 15 points and Andrew Kush added 14 points.

Both teams play just once next week - the girls against Homer, the boys against Bishop Ludden.

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