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Ludden, Solvay go into showdown with wins

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.

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