The result of the game was clear: Jamesville-DeWitt in suburban Syracuse was moving on to the New York Class A girls basketball final for the second consecutive year.
But that didn’t stop the losing fans from Albertus Magnus (Nanuet) in Friday’s semifinal from chanting at certain Jamesville-DeWitt players — one of them with a famous last name in the basketball world.
Freshman Jamie Boeheim — daughter of the embattled Hall of Fame Syracuse University coach — entered the game in the fourth quarter. The rowdy student section greeted her with, “Where’s the cheater?”
The reference was to the NCAA sanctions recently handed down against her father and the Orange basketball program. Jim Boeheim was not at the game. His wife Juli was in the stands.
Jamie Boeheim silenced the crowd with a basket moments later.
“I just try and block out everything,” she told syracuse.com afterward, adding that she knew she was being taunted but didn’t hear the specifics. “I’m a Boeheim so I’m expecting some, but I just ignore it.”
The final score was 56-33 as the Red Rams handed Albertus Magnus (24-1) its first loss of the season. The key was the third quarter in which Magnus managed just two points.
J-D will face Williamsville South in the state final on Saturday, seeking to win the first girls basketball state title in school history.