After all the last-minute tension and excitement that accompanied the Baldwinsville girls basketball team's run to the Bill Middleton Tip-Off Tournament title, the Bees had one more chance to see game action before the holidays.
And it proved quite good, as the Bees went to Auburn last Tuesday night and jumped all over the Maroons in the first half, breezing to a 66-42 victory to make it a 3-0 start.
Both times in the Middleton tournament (against Rome Free Academy and West Genesee), the Bees had uneven starts, forcing it to work all 32 minutes to prevail.
That wasn't the case in Auburn, though, as plenty of full-court pressure led to a string of early baskets and a 24-8 lead by the time the first quarter was done.
B'ville remained dominant in the second period, and the margin was 39-15 by halftime, allowing the visitors to protect that big lead the rest of the way without serious stress.
Claire and Maggie Monnat led the charge, as Claire produced 14 points and Maggie added 13 points, six of them from successful free throws. Liz Giromini, whose half-court shot at the buzzer beat RFA, contributed 10 points, while Gabi Jordan earned nine points and Magy Reilly got seven points.
Now the Bees got an extended chance to practice, work on rough patches of its game and rest before, on Dec. 27, heading to East Syracuse-Minoa for the two-day Vince Celi Memorial Tournament. B'ville meets Class A contender Whitesboro in the opening round.