Jamesville-DeWitt girls outlast Averill Park, off to state semifinals


    Jamesville-DeWitt players celebrate late in the Red Rams state playoff win over Averill Park (Courtesy: WRGB)

    The Jamesville-DeWitt girls basketball team is headed for the state quarterfinals after narrowly defeating the Averill Park Warriors in overtime at Shenendehowa High School on Tuesday night.

    The Red Rams relied on a 27-point performance from sophomore Momo LaClair to overcome a valiant Averill Park effort. The Warriors posted 13 points in the fourth quarter to force an extra period, but Jamesville-DeWitt ultimately outlasted Averill Park by scoring 12 points in overtime versus the Warriors’ seven points.

    The Red Rams will face the Franklin Academy Huskies in the regional final this Saturday at SUNY Potsdam.

    This game marked the sixth straight season J-D and Averill Park met at this point in the playoffs. The Red Rams of course, are on the heels of winning the New York State Championship in 2018.

    Meanwhile the Jamesville-DeWitt boys basketball team is moving on to the regional finals after outlasting Bishop Grimes in the Section III Class A championship game Sunday night.

    The Red Rams were led by their prolific junior scorer Payton Shumpert, who posted 24 points and seven rebounds on the evening. Senior Max Schulman complimented Shumpert’s effort with 17 points of his own, while Payton’s teammate and brother, Preston Shumpert Jr., notched 14 points, four rebounds and four assists.

    Jamesville-DeWitt will face either Troy or Malone in this Saturday’s regional final at Onondaga Community College’s SRC Arena.

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