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J-D boys take third straight loss

On Cortland's side, Reagan got most of his 14 points from four 3-pointers, while Babcock hit three times beyond the arc on his way to 11 points. Half of Justin Hogan's 12 points came from a pair of 3-pointers. The Purple Tigers only had eight turnovers all night.

The biggest irony of the J-D's boys' struggles was that, back home, the girls edition of the Red Rams was recording its biggest win of the season as it took out Cortland, the defending Section III Class A champions, in a 51-40 decision.

J-D only carried a 6-6 record into this game, while Cortland was 8-3. What was more, the Purple Tigers' top player, junior Maggie Brown, was coming off a 41-point performance in an overtime win over East Syracuse-Minoa earlier in the week.

But the Rams didn't care about such gaudy figures. Instead, it applied tremendous pressure and made Brown work very hard just to get 19 points, not even half the ESM total. And it did even better against Cortland's other top player, Nacirema Mann, holding her to four points.

On the offensive side, J-D made its decisive move in the second quarter, outscoring the Purple Tigers 17-9 as it seized a 26-19 halftime lead. That margin remained steady the rest of the way as three Rams scored in double figures.

Kayleigh Cavanaugh finished with 13 points, with Cydney Goodrum and Ariel Mussi each posting 11 points. Caitlin Cariseo threw in five points as J-D rose back above the .500 mark and got a win that the boys, for once, would have liked to match.

In stark contrast to the J-D drama, Christian Brothers Academy breezed to wins over Homer on both the male and female sides after not playing for more than a week.

The boys Brothers (9-2) beat the Trojans 68-24 in a game that saw Shakir Evans return from a one-game absence due to illness. Evans had nine points, part of a balanced effort where Rob Cuomo had 14 points and Cam MacPherson came off the bench to earn 10 points. Tyler Hamblin and Aaron Morgan also saw extended minutes and earned seven points apiece.

Back home at Buddy Wleklinski Court, the CBA girls handled Homer 56-37, steadily pulling away in the second half as Michelle Wiese led the way with 16 points. Marisa Romeo (14 points) and Kelsey Johnson (12 points) also hit double figures.

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