J-D girls, boys hoops earn playoff victories

The same round, the same venue, the same opponents and the same result - namely, Jamesville-DeWitt's girls basketball team taking East Syracuse-Minoa out of the Section III Class A playoffs.

In Friday night's Class A quarterfinal, the no. 4 seed Red Rams mostly relied on its defense as it took full advantage of a significant absence in the no. 5 seed Spartans' lineup to record a 47-31 victory.

Shortly after, the J-D boys team, in pursuit of a fourth straight sectional and state Class A championship, opened as the no. 2 seed in the Class A quarterfinals and battered no. 10 seed Mexico in an 85-52 decision.

The plan for ESM's girls on this night was to earn all kinds of revenge - first for the painful double-overtime defeat it took to J-D in this same Class A quaterfinal round a year ago, then for a pair of regular-season losses to the Rams by scores of 43-40 and 60-41.

All those plans took a major hit, though, when point guard Julie Maselli, the Spartans' third-leading scorer, went to the sidelines with mononucleosis, and was unable to play. Without its floor general, ESM would struggle on the offensive side throughout the evening.

It didn't hurt right away, though, as Olivia Luciaini notched 10 first-half points. ESM actually led 12-9 after one period and were tied, 15-15, late in the first half before J-D made what proved to be a devastating run.

Baskets by Caitlin Cariseo, Lauren Beville and Ariell Mussi, plus free throws from Cydney Goodrum, constituted a 9-1 run that pushed the Rams in front, 24-16, going into halftime, and it would never get caught again.

Gradually, J-D pulled away in the second half, causing all kinds of trouble for ESM's offense while, at the same time, nicely distributing its baskets around as eight different players got at least one field goal. Cavanaugh led with 11 points, while Mussi and Katie Maroney each got eight points. Beville added seven points and Goodrum six points as Luciani led both sides with 15 points.

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