continued “I don’t think we’ll be lackadaisical (in the final),” Siechen said. “You’re playing in the Dome. You’re playing in the sectional final. I don’t think we have to worry about them coming in and thinking they’re that much better than anyone else.”
The Rams moved the ball well right from the get-go as Alyssa Robens kicked a high-post pass to Maddy Frank, who then swung it to Goodrum in the corner for a long 2-pointer 50 seconds into the game.
Goodrum was the beneficiary of another nice Robens pass - this one loft down from the elbow midway through the period - as J-D ran out to an 11-2 lead with the game less than five minutes old.
After a Markle airball (Oneida’s third in the opening five minutes), Mussi came off a screen atop the key and zipped a bullet pass to Frank between the hands of Jennifer and Jillian Brodock. Frank converted the easy score as the Rams ultimately took a 13-4 lead into the second quarter.
“We came out and it was all about executing against their 1-3-1 zone,” Siechen said. “We did a very good job early with that. We got the ball in the right spot and we made shots, which is the big key to beating any zone.”
J-D scored the first 11 points of the second period - eight in transition and the other three coming on a high-arcing Mussi deep ball - to push the cushion to 25-6 with 4:31 left in the half.
But the Indians responded with a 6-2 jaunt. After Jillian Brodock capped the run with a layup that cut the deficit to 27-12, she clapped her hands together, encouraging her teammates to continue the comeback.
That’s when Mussi dove head-first for the loose ball and found Mitchell for beyond the arc to push the J- D lead back to 18. Mitchell scored all of her 11 points in the second quarter, helping propel J-D to a 32-16 halftime lead.