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Jeff DiVeronica and James Johnson
Staff writers

(February 25, 2005) R-H at full strength for girls title game

After knocking off No. 1 Churchville-Chili, the fourth-seeded Fairport girls basketball team (14-6) will be an underdog again in Monday's 8:30 p.m. Class AAA title game against No. 2 Rush-Henrietta (16-4).

They split in Monroe County play, but each team's top post player Comets freshman Shenise Johnson and Raiders center Julie Marriott sat out due to illness in Fairport's 56-55 triple-overtime win on Jan. 7. Johnson also missed some action for unspecified reasons.

But she was back for R-H's 65-53 victory on Feb. 4, when guard Bria Jackson's four 3-pointers and 18 points sparked a 29-14 fourth-quarter surge, and Johnson had 17 points and 15 rebounds. Marriott scored 19 points. With forward Onica Jones back from a hip injury, the defending champions finally have their full lineup.

"Over the past three weeks in practice and games we've been playing our best basketball," first-year R-H coach Steve Shepanski said. "The chemistry is starting to be there and people are playing their roles."