Anna Ross led with 16 points, but ESM couldn’t concentrate on her because Maggie Tripodi and Gwen Dougherty were putting up 12 points apiece. What’s more, Kelly Mascari hit on a trio of 3-pointers to account for most of her 10 points.
A day earlier, Bishop Ludden began its 2011-12 season, looking to improve upon last year’s 8-12 mark, and took a positive first step by defeating Nottingham 54-42.
As in Westhill’s case, the winning margin was deceptive, but for a different reason. For much of the night, the Gaelic Knights and Bulldogs stayed within close range of each other, Ludden getting a lead but unable to get away.
Only in the closing minutes, with successful free-throw conversions, could the Gaelic Knights pull clear. Kelly Granteed had 19 points, hitting on three 3-pointers, while Lauren Roy finished with 14 points. Inside, Natalie Barletta managed nine points and Nicole Granteed added eight points.
Marcellus, on the other hand, slipped to 0-2 Thursday night, running into Cortland and taking a 60-33 defeat to the Purple Tigers.
Cortland used a 19-7 surge through the second quarter to pull clear. All night long, the Mustangs watched Purple Tigers star Maggie Brown dominate in the paint, as she finished with 27 points and 14 rebounds, plus four assists and four steals.
By contrast, no Marcellus player scored in double figures. Meghan Witkowski and Molly MacLachlan came close, earning nine points apiece, while Bethanie Abbott managed seven points.
In Friday’s 56-38 defeat to Bishop Grimes, the Mustangs never fully recovered from the Cobras’ 20-4 first-quarter blitz, fueled by red-hot outside shooting.
Grimes, in fact, hit a dozen 3-pointers, tying a team record, and senior Amelia Heiselman struck for seven of them on her way to 24 points overall.
To its credit, the Mustangs chipped away at that deficit before the Cobras pulled away in the late going. Grace Hunt finished with 11 points, while Nicole Wynne added 10 points. Abbott (eight points) and Witkowski (six points) were close behind.