When the Westhill girls basketball hosted Solvay Friday night, it did so without sole possession of first place in the OHSL Liberty division.
During an eight-day stretch from Jan. 8-15, the Warriors had beaten Bishop Ludden, Jordan-Elbridge and Marcellus at home, taking that league lead.
But when Westhill went to Phoenix last Tuesday night, all that magic vanished, especially in the late stages of a 39-30 loss to the Firebirds.
Ignoring its 4-8 mark, Phoenix held Westhill to just four points in the first quarter, and the Warriors found itself trailing 22-15 at the break before erasing most of that deficit in the third period.
Still, the Firebirds would not fold, and with Kaylee May (12 points), Britney Sears (11 points) and Mary Bergman (nine points) setting the pace, Phoenix regained control in the late going.
All Westhill could manage was three points in the fourth quarter, the team getting little outside Kathryn Christensen's 17 points as it had just four field goals from the rest of the squad.
This led to Solvay, and feeling some urgency, Westhill parlayed a pair of timely runs to a 53-35 win over the Bearcats.
Not wasting any time, the Warriors (11-2) grabbed a 16-7 edge by the end of the first quarter. When Solvay closed the gap to 22-16 by halftime, Westhill answered with a big third-period push that involved outscoring the Bearcats 19-8 to put the game away.
Emily Haggerty, quiet in the Phoenix game, roared on this night, earning 19 points, including four 3-pointers, as Anna Ross also returned to form with 11 points. Kayla Stirpe added nine points. Solvay's Tessa Pucello led her side with 16 points as Abbey Jones added nine points.
Solvay first had to face Marcellus, burning from its own defeat to Westhill the week before, as the Mustangs fought its way past the Bearcats 48-43.