continued But the fourth quarter offered a complete shift from what had gone on earlier. Suddenly, Whitesboro was hitting shots and shutting the Rams down, using an 11-3 run to cut J-D's lead to 41-34 with more than two minutes to play.
“At the end, we were all a little bit nervous,” O’Hern said.
Despite the Warriors' late revival, the Rams soldiered on, riding O’Hern’s free-throw shooting(she made four of six attemtps in the final minute) to put the game on ice and walk away with yet another sectional title.
To no one's surprise, O'Hern was crowned the tournament MVP, with Maddy Frank making the All-Tournament team, along with Whitesboro’s Maria Lapertosa and Kaylee Gassner.
Lapertosa, so instrumental in getting the Warriors past no. 3 seed Cortland and no. 2 seed Indian River in the sectional tournament, had another solid showing here, leading Whitesboro with 18 points, while Gassner added 13 points.
J-D now turns its attention to a Class A regional semifinal matchup with Malone (Section X) at SRC Arena next Friday night, with the winner moving to Saturday's regional final against the Section II/VII survivor. Two wins are needed for the Rams to reach the March 14-15 state final four in Troy.
“We have to realize that every game could be our last,” O’Hern said. “We have to come out with fire and come out attacking.”