To any possible challenger in the OHSL Freedom division, the Bishop Grimes girls basketball team is offering little mercy -- or chance to succeed.
A night earlier, the Cobras put together another of its high-charged efforts when it raced past Tully in the course of a 47-25 victory in East Syracuse, the makeup of a snowed-out Jan. 8 game.
Tully came to town with a 6-3 record and a strong defensive reputation. But the Black Knights, like so many other recent foes, could not overcome Grimes' depth and defense.
Breaking free late in the first quarter, the Cobras did not allow a field goal for nearly nine minutes, enough time for Grimes to go on a 12-0 run to make it 23-8.
As if that wasn't enough, the Cobras, up 23-11 at the break, began the third quarter with 10 unanswered points to put Tully away.
For a long time, Amelia Heiselman was outscoring Tully by herself, and she finished with 16 points, a career high, including four 3-pointers, which gives her 28 treys for the season. Heiselman is making close to half of her shots from beyond the arc. She also had five assists.
Cady Kalemba offered the help, her 12 points featuring a pair of 3-pointers, while Amanda Marcely earned six points and Cassidy Weeks added five points. Tenley Pitonzo contributed a team-best seven rebounds.
At times, Grimes' pressure was so effective that Tully had a hard time getting the ball past the half-court time. Leading scorer Jenna Johnson did not make a field goal all night, as only forward Jesslyn Doody (11 points) had any kind of consistent production.
As this was going on, the Grimes boys team had a solid effort in last Monday's game at Homer, beating the Trojans 63-46.
Grimes pushed its way to an early 16-8 edge, then was fairly quiet until a fast-paced third quarter where it outscored Homer 24-15 and extended the margin to 47-32.
Mike Sugamosto stepped up for a career-best 14 points to aid Nike Stone, who had 17 points. Tyler Dattmore and Kujcok Ater each had six points. Kane Hartnett (16 points) and Joe Rivers (13 points) accounted for most of Homer's offense.