Liverpool girls basketball sweeps trio of tough foes

With each game, and each victory, the Liverpool girls basketball team's confidence continues to grow.

And if that's the case, then the Warriors must feel like giants after a five-day stretch where it knocked off a defending sectional champion and secured a big win in the Rochester area, among other things.

Liverpool started to propel forward last Tuesday night, when it went on a long road trip to the east and beat Rome Free Academy 53-40.

Granted, the Black Knights were not the same team that won the Section III Class AA title a year ago, mainly because all-time leading scorer Nikki Jo Rotolo graduated.

Still, RFA was dangerous, and recognizing that, the Warriors played outstanding defense, especially in the second quarter, when it held the Black Knights to just four points to seize a 25-15 edge that it would not relinquish.

On the other end, Colleen Maloney had a breakout performance. With RFA all over Tyler Ash (she had just one field goal and seven points), Maloney kept getting open looks -- and kept converting, as she finished with 21 points. Ashleigh Bowers (11 points) and Sharon Dennis (six points) helped, too.

Liverpool could not afford a letdown on Friday night when Utica Proctor visited, especially since the Raiders had just knocked off unbeaten, state-ranked Oswego 52-50 earlier in the week.

There wouldn't be a second upset. Liverpool had a near-perfect start and never allowed the Raiders to be part of the argument as, by a score of 56-45, the Warriors won its fourth game in a row.

When it came out to start the game, Liverpool noticed that Erica Austin and Deshanna Pierce, Proctor's leading scorers, were not on the floor.

Sensing a big opportunity, the Warriors pounced on it. Ash had seven quick points, and her teammates fed off that energy to bolt to an 18-4 lead before the game was four minutes old.

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