J-D girls basketball repeats as Class A champs

Red Rams pull away from Whitesboro in title game

— Alyssa Robbens had a pair of baskets. Nyree Mitchell and Taylor Fallon each scored, and Kayleigh Cavanaugh hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to extend the lead to 28-18 at halftime.

“Taylor might have only had two points, but she hit the huge shot at the end of the second quarter where she takes it quick to give us a second possession," Siechen said. "We get the possession to hit the three to build the momentum.”

The second half was all J-D. Mussi converted a putback from an offensive rebound on the first possession, and the Red Rams never looked back.

“That's huge because it takes pressure off,” Siechen said. “Everybody thinks we're just Cydney and Kayleigh on offense. Ariell sets everybody up, she's been playing outstanding the last four or five games.”

Goodrum got her rhythm going after scoring just three points in the first half, scoring six points in the third quarter. J-D outscored Whitesboro 16-4 to take a 44-24 advantage into the final period.

Whitesboro guard Jenn Deuel did her best to bring the Warriors back into the game, but even 10 fourth-quarter points could not make up the deficit, though she finished with a game-high 25 points.

The Rams went eight-for-16 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter. Right behind Goodrum, Cavanaugh and Mussi reached double figures for the Red Rams with 10 and 12 points, respectively. Robbens scored eight points and Maddy Frank contributed six points.

J-D faces Section II champion Troy on Tuesday night at Le Moyne College in the opening round of the state Class A playoffs.

“I know absolutely nothing about Troy,” Siechen said. “We had somebody go out to scout them today, so we'll meet with them tonight and talk about what we have to do.”

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