Fresh from a series of exciting contests where it needed to finish strong to keep itself unbeaten, the Bishop Grimes girls basketball team kept busy -- and kept on winning -- when it came back to the OHSL Patriot division.
From a strictly defensive standpoint, the Cobras' trip to Pulaski last Tuesday was one of its best efforts of the season as it pounded the Blue Devils 43-22.
What happened here was a definite response to Grimes giving up its most points of the season in a 53-51 thriller over Nazareth in its most recent game on Jan. 23.
No such suspense would be found here, even as the Cobras struggled to find offensive consistency in the first half. Contesting every Pulaski shot with a variety of defensive looks, Grimes held the Blue Devils to five points in the opening period and a single free throw in the second quarter.
And that margin kept growing, as Grimes made it 39-11 by the early part of the fourth quarter before easing up in the late stages.
For a long while, Amelia Heiselman was outscoring the entire Pulaski roster, finishing with 15 points, all from five 3-pointers. Amanda Marcely worked inside for nine points, including five successful free throws, as Cady Kalemba's six points came from a pair of 3-pointers. Just two Blue Devils, Torie Hax (11 points) and Elissa Longley (10 points), had field goals on this night.
It promised to be tougher Friday night, when Grimes hosted Weedsport, but the Cobras again were ready for it and pounded its way past the Warriors 51-36. It marked head coach John Cifonelli's 184th win at Grimes, passing the total of 183 wins Barb Pfefferle achieved in 15 years, from 1969 to '83.
Slowly, the Cobras began to take charge in the second quarter, doubling Weedsport's output 14-7. Then it really took charge in the third quarter with a 19-7 spurt.