Through its own strong work -- and some welcome outside help -- the Bishop Ludden girls basketball team moved back to the top of the OHSL Liberty division standings.
As the Gaelic Knights were winning 56-31 at Skaneateles last Tuesday night, first-place Westhill took a 39-30 defeat at Phoenix, erasing the one-game lead the Warriors had on Ludden in the league standings.
For its part, the Gaelic Knights, playing without Michelle Roesch in the lineup, bolted out to a 17-6 lead on Skaneateles, then stayed patient until a 24-9 third-quarter outburst decided matters.
Ashley Cianfriglia, with 15 points, led a balanced attack as she and Kayla Kibling (11 points) both hit on three 3-pointers. Kristen Ryan picked up nine points, with Lauren Roy and Bella Knapp earned eight points apiece.
To keep that share of first, Ludden had to beat Hannibal Friday night -- and late spurts in each half allowed the Gaelic Knights to get past the Warriors 49-36.
The Gaelic Knights trailed 9-8 as the second quarter, but went on a 16-6 run to take control. Even when Hannibal pushed back in the third period, Ludden matched baskets, then wore down the Warriors in the fourth quarter, holding them to four points.
More than half of the Gaelic Knights' points came from nine 3-pointers -- three from Cianfriglia as she finished with 15 points, and two each from Kibling and varsity newcomer Megan Granteed. Kibling and Knapp also hit on 3-pointers.
Bishop Ludden's boys basketball team played for the first time in a week and showed a little rust against Mexico, but took over in the third quarter to beat the Tigers 63-40.
Neither side dazzled in the first half, and the Gaelic Knights only carried a 21-20 lead to the locker room. But that changed in the third quarter as Ludden turned up defensive pressure, forced turnovers and got baskets on the other end in a 22-5 outburst.