It didn’t take that long for the Jamesville-DeWitt girls basketball team to find out just what sort of challenge it expects as the prime target for any opponent that wants to knock off a defending Section III Class A champion.
Going to Fulton last Wednesday night, the Red Rams took control in the middle stages but could get clear from the Red Raiders, having to work all the way to the wire for a 48-39 victory.
Fresh off a season-opening win over Cortland, Fulton brought intense defense from the start, and the first quarter saw few points, the two sides even at 6-6.
Only in the second period did J-D move in front, solving some of the Red Raiders’ riddles and gaining a 22-16 edge going to halftime. From that point, it turned into a chase, the Rams answering every single time Fulton wanted to catch up.
Cydney Goodrum, who is headed for Roberts Wesleyan College next fall, led the way with 15 points, including six crucial free throws. Ariell Mussi and Alyssa Robens both had nine points, while Kayleigh Cavanaugh had seven points. For Fulton, Christina Pensabene (12 points) and Jessica Hudson (11 points) led the way.
The Red Rams was stingy again on Friday night, when it went to Mexico and gave up close to nothing for most of the night in an easy 53-26 win over the Tigers.
Through three periods, all Mexico had were 14 points, the relentless J-D pressure again allowing for a comfortable effort on the other end of the floor.
All 10 Rams players that saw action got at least one point. Cavanaugh had her best offensive output of the season, getting 14 points. Goodrum was held to five points, but Robens gained nine points, with Maddy Frank and Nyree Mitchell each earning six points.