For the Bearcats, things had gone much better at Faith Heritage two nights earlier. Though it used a 14-8 second quarter to get in front, Solvay never pulled clear until the fourth quarter, when it again contained Faith's attack in a sustained manner.
Much of this game centered around two players. Barnello pounded his way inside for 23 points, while Faith's Andy Loucy drew all kinds of attention and made 11 free throws on his way to 26 points.
Mike Bova (seven points), Tom Goslowski and Jason Chemotti (six points each) provided the help for Barnello as Solvay came out on top.
The Westhill defeat dropped Solvay's mark to 7-5, as it prepares for a Wednesday trip to Bishop Grimes and a Friday visit from Skaneateles.
Meanwhile, the Warriors played at Jordan-Elbridge on Monday and, with Jim Ross back in the lineup, toppled the Eagles 49-38.
As a whole, Westhill's defense shut J-E down, steadily building a 38-20 lead through three quarters of play.
In his return, Jim Ross had 12 points, with Dan Ross adding 15 points and Mark Wilson putting up eight points. Nick Chartrand (12 points) and Tyler Williams (10 points) led J-E's effort.
Now at 8-3 on th season, Westhill hosts Faith Heritage on Wednesday before appearing this weekend at the Utica-Notre Dame Tournament at SUNY-Utica Tech.