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Solvay pushes past Marcellus in girls hoops opener

Marcellus did cut the margin to 20-15 in the second period and were also within five, 30-25, early in the third quarter as Emily Brissette came up with a seven-point burst in that latter frame. Each time, though, Pucello or Jones or Tiffney Guinta (who finished with seven points) would offer an answer, and Solvay would get back its double-digit margin.

Lee, despite all the time she spent on the bench, still led Marcellus with 12 points. Brissette and Bethanie Abbott each had eight points, as the Mustangs were playing short-handed without senior Sophie Jackson, who sat out due to illness.

On Saturday, the Mustangs would try again for its first win when it made up the snowed-out date with Bishop Grimes at East Syracuse.

Helped by a strong practice the day before, the Mustangs' level of play dramatically improved - which led to a 55-47 victory over the Cobras.

A 16-6 first quarter set a positive tone, and Marcellus, on both sides of the ball, kept Grimes off guard. This proved especially true in a 19-9 spurt through the third quarter that expanded the Mustangs' lead to 49-25.

Abbott, with 13 points, led a deep and balanced attack. Molly MacLachlan put in 10 points, while Brissette, Meghan Kinney and Emily Soule each had eight points.

Marcellus would meet Bishop Ludden on Tuesday and has a key early-season showdown with league favorite Jordan-Elbridge on Friday night. Solvay takes its own shot at J-E on Wednesday, two days before facing Grimes.

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