High school sidelines
Jeff DiVeronica and James Johnson
(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
"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."