Before they meet each other Thursday night, the Bishop Ludden and Solvay girls basketball team both posted some solid victories.
The Gaelic Knights, in fact, put up a tremendous effort at Skaneateles, dominating the fourth quarter to beat the Lakers 49-40.
Against an 11-5 team well-known for its defense and ability to dictate a game's pace, Ludden fought its way to a 24-20 halftime lead and didn't panic when Skaneateles surged in front, 35-33, by the end of the third quarter.
Instead, Ludden turned up its own defensive heat, forced turnovers and gained big baskets from three different sources as it closed with a 16-5 run for one of its best wins of the season.
Katie Sierotnik gained 17 points, while Ashley Cianfriglia provided the outside presence with three 3-pointers on her way to 15 points. Bridget Musto helped both of them out, adding 12 points. Caryn Crary led the Lakers' effort with 13 points.
Solvay, meanwhile, clinched a winning record for the 2006-07 season last Tuesday night, keeping Jordan-Elbridge winless as it beat the Eagles 50-22.
Whatever concern rippled through the Bearcats through a 7-7 first quarter was erased when, in the second period, it reeled off 24 unanswered points and shut out J-E as it flew all around the court.
Chelsey Chavez-Egan nearly matched the Eagles' output by herself, finishing with 20 points. Eighth-grader Tessa Pucello continued her late-season emergence with 10 points, while Carrie Smith and Katrina Griffo each got seven points. Amanda Lombardi earned six points.
J-E, which has faced offensive woes all winter, earned some production from Sarah Hart and Katie Dungy, who had eight points apiece.