Pucello carries Solvay past Holland Patent

As the calendar turned to 2009, the Solvay girls basketball team possessed a 4-4 record, having climbed back to the .500 mark largely on Tessa Pucello's broad shoulders.

Hosting Holland Patent last Tuesday in a non-league game, Pucello took charge in the middle stages and pushed the Bearcats past the Golden Knights 56-40.

Solvay carried a modest 9-8 advantage to the second quarter, then turned to Pucello as she scored at will during a 19-12 push to halftime.

As the Bearcats outscored HP in each of the remaining two periods, Pucello continued to convert often. By game's end, she had 35 points, a new career mark that included 14 field goals and seven successful free throws.

Amanda Bigness helped with nine points, all on three 3-point shots, while Liz Martinez gained six points. For the Golden Knights, Allyson Freiermuth had 15 points and Lauren Marleau added 11 points.

After a week to rest, Solvay is home again this Wednesday to face Hannibal before going to Marcellus Friday night.

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