Not until the final minute of the final game of the regular season did the Christian Brothers Academy and Jamesville-DeWitt girls basketball teams settle the Onondaga High School League Freedom National division title.
And with so many talented underclassmen on the court, it took the lone senior, Ellen Voorheis, to make the difference as the Brothers rallied Friday night to beat the Red Rams 46-44 to secure the league title with a 12-1 mark. J-D finished 11-2 in league play.
In a game that had gone back and forth all night, CBA trailed, 43-42, with less than a minute to play, despite a tremendous effort from junior guard Marisa Romeo, who withstood serious foul trouble to record 25 points on the night.
Then, with 45 seconds left, Voorheis drove the baseline and hit the go-ahead basket, putting the Brothers up 44-43. J-D had the next possession, but threw the ball away at the point - where Voorheis sprinted to get it, driving in for an easy lay-up with 29.8 seconds to play.
Now down 46-43, J-D needed a 3-pointer to tie, but missed. It got one more chance when, twice, Michelle Wiese missed the front end of one-and-one free-throw opportunities.
From the top of the key, the Rams' Kayleigh Cavanaugh got an open 3-point look with three seconds left, but missed. Off the rebound, Caitlin Cariseo was fouled with 1.1 seconds to play. Cariseo made the first free throw, cutting the margin to two, but attempting to deliberately miss the second off the rim, she only hit the backboard, causing a turnover, and CBA ran out the clock.
So ended an exciting affair that, in terms of the level of play, topped their first meeting at J-D back on Jan. 7, when the Brothers held off a late J-D rally to win 47-40 in a game marred by all kinds of sloppy play on both ends.