DeWitt The Jamesville-DeWitt girls basketball team entered Tuesday night's contest with down-the-road rival Christian Brothers Academy seeking to right the ship, as it hadn’t experienced back-to-back wins since way back in early December.
J-D, which has four upperclassmen, starts a senior, two juniors, a sophomore and a freshman. CBA, also a squad that also with just four total juniors and seniors on roster, starts a senior, a junior, two sophomores and a freshman.
All in all, J-D’s youngsters were better than CBA’s, and a resounding 53-33 win could provide all the confidence and spark the youthful Rams were hoping for as it completed a regular-season sweep of the Brothers, whom it topped 56-43 back on Dec. 6.
The game only got better for J-D as it went on. In the first quarter, the Red Rams took a 4-3 lead on an Alyssa Robens jumper, and it would never trail again.
At the end of the first quarter, J-D's lead had grown to 20-11. That lead kept growing as the Rams held the Brothers to single digits and, at the same time, scored no fewer than 10 points in each of the three remaining quarters.
Most encouraging of all for the Rams, its defense held CBA’s potent attack to just four points in the final period. The Brothers were shut out in the final frame until a Kate LaCasse jumper clanked in with 2:36 left, but it proved far too late.
J-D was led by Carly O’Hern who scored 16 points, 15 of which came in the first half to set the game's tone. Robens wasn't far behind, earning 12 points, while Maddy Frank managed 10 points. CBA’s Julie Cuomo had 13 points to lead her squad, while Natalie Nardella added nine points.
Right after that, the boys from CBA and J-D took to the court for the eighth time in CBA star Charlie Russo’s varsity career. The CBA Class of 2014, headlined by Russo, had never beaten J-D in any of the seven match-ups between the two schools during their high school careers.