Against the Lakers' relentless defensive pressure, Westhill did enough to gain a 32-22 lead early in the third quarter, and were still ahead 39-32 with less than five minutes left. This came despite Cooper (11 points) not making a 3-pointer all afternoon while Kleine stayed locked on her. Valerie Golembiewski had 10 points, with O'Connor held to seven points.
Down the stretch, Evans took over, getting nine of her 20 points in the fourth quarter as the Lakers closed the game on a 15-3 run. Kleine, who hadn't scored to that point, broke a 40-40 tie with a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:25 left, and Cazenovia never trailed again.
Solvay would bounce back from its loss to Westhill earlier in the week in a big way with back-to-back weekend victories.
First, the Bearcats beat Homer 53-37 on Friday, building a 34-13 halftime edge. Tessa Pucello would nearly match the Trojans' entire production all by herself, finishing with 33 points on 10 field goals and 13 successful free throws. Liz Martinez also stepped up, earning 13 points.
A day later, against Hannibal, the Bearcats won 49-38, turning to defense as it held the Warriors to just a single free throw in the first quarter. Leading 21-7 at the half, the Bearcats saw most of the margin disappear in the third quarter, only to make the last surge.
Staying hot, Pucello put home 28 points, 12 of them from free throws, while Martinez continued to offer an alternative by gaining 16 points. Jamie Perry led Hannibal with 14 points.