DeWitt Only at the last hurdle did the Jamesville-DeWitt girls basketball team get denied in a quest to complete an undefeated regular season.
The 17-0, state Class A no. 6-ranked Red Rams ran into a red-hot Christian Brothers Academy Friday night, watching the Brothers hit close to everything in the first half and prevail by a score of 62-50.
In the boys game that immediately followed, Dajuan Coleman, Tyler Cavanaugh and Jafar Kinsey built a big early lead for J-D as it handled CBA 68-59 and earned yet another regular-season sweep in this neighborhood rivalry.
On its way to those 17 straight wins, the J-D girls passed a big hurdle when it first met CBA on Jan. 20, prevailing 59-49 despite the Brothers' Kelsey Johnson scoring 24 second-half points.
So it was not surprising to see CBA go right back to Johnson in the early stages of the rematch, and the senior forward scored her team's first six points on the way to an 8-0 start.
Safe to say, the Brothers could not have played better in the first half - and J-D could not have played worse.
Every part of CBA's attack clicked against the Rams' normally formidable defense. Johnson and Marisa Romeo both hit double figures - Johnson with 10 points, Romeo with 11 points. Not only that, but Julie Cuomo came off the bench to get eight points, including a pair of 3-pointers late in the second quarter.
At one point, CBA held an astonishing 37-15 edge, and went to the half in front 37-18. To put that in perspective, J-D didn't allow 37 points for the entire game in 10 of its 17 wins.
For the Rams, the entire second half was spent trying to climb back into the contest. Every time it made a small threat, though, CBA would counter with a timely outside shot and reestablish control.