Jamesville-DeWitt guard Arriell Mussi (11) goes up for a jump shot over an Oneida defender in Friday night's Class A semifinal at Onondaga Community College's Allyn Hall. Mussi led the Red Rams to a 49-32 victory and a berth in next Wednesday's sectional final against Whitesboro in the Carrier Dome.
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.