With each passing week, and with each time it goes to the court, the Westhill girls basketball team edges closer to that high-octane formula that has worked so well in years past.
Solvay got a full taste of that formula last Tuesday night, and without two key players, the Bearcats could do little to stop it as the Warriors roared to a 77-42 victory.
Good teams exploit an advantageous situation. Solvay forward Carrie Smith and Liz Martinez were both out of action due to illness, and Westhill pounced on that situation quickly.
Harassing the Bearcats into turnovers and converting easy baskets on the other end, the Warriors left Solvay far behind, scoring the game's first 14 points and leading, 20-1, by the end of the first quarter.
The Bearcats would offer brief resistance, but all that did was send Westhill to a higher level in the third quarter, as it scored 29 points in that frame.
Carly Cooper had 13 of her game-high 22 points in that frame. When the Bearcats tried to pressure her, Lisa Olszewski got open inside for 13 points, and Liz Riley stepped up with 11 points. Annie O'Connor and Kristen Diglio each had nine points.
For Solvay, the big story was eighth-grader Tessa Pucello. Just pulled up from the JV ranks, Pucello made a great opening impression with 10 points, including a pair of 3-pointers. Chelsey Chavez-Egan led with 12 points, with Erica Griffo adding eight points and Amanda Lombardi contributing seven points.
Westhill will look for that same kind of performance Friday night against Marcellus, a team fresh off its own 38-37 upset at Cazenovia on Tuesday.