Forcing a string of early turnovers, J-D sprinted to a 15-5 lead on Fulton by the end of the first quarter. Things slowed up on both sides for a while, but at the start of the third quarter the Rams made a decisive move, burying Fulton with a 19-4 spurt.
Just as encouraging for the Rams, 10 different players recorded at least one field goal and 11 players found the scoring column. None had more than the 10 points put up by Robens, but O’Hern (nine points), Hair (eight points), Angela Bussone (seven points) and Kara Gantos (six points) were close behind.
Fayetteville-Manlius also started its season. Having gone 11-8 a season ago, the Hornets is pinning its hopes on improvement in 2013-14 on finding some help for some proven veteran players.
Even with those intentions, though, the Hornets drew a tough assignment in last Tuesday night’s season opener, as fellow Class AA contender West Genesee arrived and played a solid game from start to finish, beating F-M 62-50.
The two sides played through a tight first quarter, and F-M only trailed 13-12 before WG started to assert control in the second period, gaining a 31-25 lead by the time they reached the break.
That margin doubled in the third quarter, and with the Wildcats ahead 47-34, it could withstand F-M’s final push, mainly because the Hornets only had two proven scoring threats.
Madison Beck led both sides with 22 points, while Lauren Getman managed 16 points. But no other Hornet player had more than two field goals as Erika Stube and Mette Lise Haaland finished with five points apiece.
Melissa Bakowski led the way for the Wildcats, gaining all of her 20 points from 10 successful field-goal tries. Melissa Fumano finished with 15 points, while Jackie Pardee took on a larger role and put in 13 points for WG.