J-D hoops sweep sectional quarterfinals

Boys pull away from Fowler; girls handle Fulton

— Just before this, the J-D girls basketball team, also a top seed, took to the court in its Class A quarterfinal and stomped its first opponent in the quest for a sectional Class A three-peat, beating no. 9 seed Fulton 59-34.

The Rams came out strong on the back of a single player, as has been the case all season. This time, the honors fell to Carly O’Hern, who posted the first eight J-D points en route to scoring 10 points in the quarter.

J-D exited the first frame up 21-12, but a combination of errant passes, unnecessary fouls and missed shots nearly spelled doom. Fortunately for the Rams, the Red Raiders were enduring those very same struggles, allowing J-D to steal a 10-9 advantage in the quarter.

The 31-21 halftime deficit was not insurmountable for Fulton, but the Rams kept pushing, tacking on points in a 10-0 run to seal the deal in the middle of the third quarter.

The Rams allowed just 13 points after halftime thanks to a tremendous defensive effort it put forth after the young squad got its postseason jitters out of the way.

Alyssa Robens lead all scorers with 16 points, followed on her side by O’Hern and eighth-grader Meg Hair with 13 points apiece. The Raiders’ side got nine points from Nicole Hansen and seven points from both Sydney Gilmore and Michaela Whiteman.

Now J-D will take on no. 4 seed Camden Saturday at 12:45 at OCC's Allyn Hall in the Class A semifinals after the Blue Devils took care of Carthage 50-39 in its quarterfinal on Wednesday night. A spot in the Feb. 27 final at the Dome against Indian River or Whitesboro is on the line.

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