Most of the area's high school girls basketball teams would engage in some form of holiday activity, highlighted by undefeated, state Class B no. 11-ranked Jordan-Elbridge making two local conquests in the Marcellus Tournament to stay unbeaten.
The final Wednesday night in Marcellus pitted the Eagles against West Genesee - and in this rare meeting of neighbors, J-E just had enough to secure a 52-46 victory over the Wildcats.
No single run really decided this contest. All through the first half, the Eagles and Wildcats traded baskets and stayed in close touch, J-E going to the break clinging to a 25-24 lead.
But the Eagles proceeded to shut WG down in the third quarter, holding them to four points and extending its own lead to 35-28 without any prolonged burst. And it withstood all of the Wildcats' late comeback attempts, too.
Molly Hourigan's big senior season continued as she poured in 22 points to lead both sides, with Kali Davis adding 12 points. On WG's side, Melissa Fumano and Marie Temara each had 12 points, with Katie Kolinski adding seven points and Kara Datellas contributing six points.
Before this, J-E toyed with Marcellus in the opening round, not letting up until it had put together a 67-38 victory.
Playing at a fast pace, J-E was strong on the offensive end in the first half, working its way to a 42-25 lead. As if that wasn't enough, the Eagles held Marcellus to two points in the third quarter, all but putting the game away.
Hourigan earned 19 points, adding 11 blocks and 16 rebounds. In five games this season, she has earned three triple-doubles.
And Hourigan didn't work alone, as Kali Davis finished with 13 points and Natalie Andrianos had a season-best 10 points. Kelsey Richardson had nine points and Grace Dungey contributed eight points. Marcellus saw Emily Brissette earn 12 points and Melissa Lee add 10 points.