For much of the fourth quarter, it looked like the Whitesboro Girls Varsity Basketball team had a good shot at finally beating recent nemesis and state ranked No. 16 Jamesville-DeWitt in the Class A Section III final. However, for the third year in a row, it was the Red Rams getting the best of the Lady Warriors in the championship game, and not the other way around. Jamesville-DeWitt defeated Whitesboro 40-34 in a hard fought game held at Onondaga Community College’s SRC Arena on March 7.
Whitesboro, who’s struggled to score at times this season, again couldn’t find the bottom of the net early, missing 21 of its first 23 shots. Despite the poor shooting, Whitesboro only trailed Jamesville-DeWitt by 7 at halftime, 21-14, thanks to its always reliable and very tenacious defense.
In the second half, Whitesboro made two serious runs at Jamesville-DeWitt, both in the fourth quarter. The Lady Warriors got within two points of the Red Rams, 32-30, early in the fourth and only trailed by three with 55 seconds left in the game, but could never grab the lead.
Senior Maria Lapertosa, who finishes her career with 1,184 points, led Whitesboro with 15 points and junior Jessica Sardina chipped in 7 points. Carly O’Hern led Jamesville-DeWitt with 12 points and was named the Class A Tournament MVP. The win was Jamesville-DeWitt’s fourth section title in a row.
Whitesboro, who went into the game riding an 11 game winning streak, finishes the season with an impressive 17-6 record. The Lady Warriors finished in second place in the TVL behind RFA.
The Whitesboro Central School District and community would like to congratulate the Girls Varsity Basketball team and its three seniors - - Maria Lapertosa, Kristyn Deuel and Kazu Katigawa - - on an outstanding season. Best of luck next year!