SYRACUSE All season long, the no. 1 seed Jamesville-DeWitt girls basketball team has high expectations.
After Saturday’s Section III Class A semifinal demolition of no. 4 seed Camden, 65-35, at Onondaga Community College's Allyn Hall, the Red Rams are one step closer to its goal of a sectional three-peat.
The game was a slugfest from the start, a contest rife with physicality. J-D coach Rob Siechen said that his squad typically struggles with such a style of play.
But that flaw didn’t show. The Red Rams jumped out to a 21-14 lead behind Carly O’Hern, who scored seven of her 15 points in the quarter.
Meanwhile, Camden’s Kiersten Leos was on her way to a monster game. She had eight points in each of the first two quarters, but her teammates had just eight points of their own in that same span, and the Blue Devils could only watch as the Rams' lead grew to 34-24 at halftime.
“They were kind of frustrated,” said J-D’s Alyssa Robens.
The third quarter belonged to Robens. She had nine of her 21 points in a 21-5 run from the beginning of the half that all but settled matters.
“Once you’re up 20 points, it’s easier to make shots,” she said.
O’Hern and Robens led J-D in scoring with 15 and 21 points, respectively. Leos had a game-high 23 points in the losing effort.
Next up for the Rams (18-2) is a date at the Carrier Dome Thursday night in the Class A final against no. 6 seed Whitesboro, who upset no. 2 Indian River 46-45 in the other Class A semifinal after taking out no. 3 seed Cortland in the quarterfinals.
Siechen said that he expects another dogfight with a physical, athletic Warriors outfit. On the line for J-D is a third straight sectional title.
"It’s weird,” said Robens, who along with Maddy Frank is one of the only players to have won the previous two titles. “I’ve never felt how other teams feel when they lose (in sectionals).”
If it all goes J-D's way, Robens and the Red Rams won’t have to endure that feeling this season, either.