This followed, by less than 24 hours, Friday night’s 77-52 win over Marcellus. For three periods, the underhanded Mustangs (it had three starters out due to injury) hung close, only trailing 53-43 going into the final quarter before it wore down late.
Four Cobras hit double figures, led by Carnegie, who put up 21 points. Ater was close behind with 18 points, while Steinberg managed a career-best 15 points and Casey Evans got 10 points. Marcellus lost despite 23 points from Nick Sinay.
As this went on, back in East Syracuse the Bishop Grimes girls basketball team was moving to 2-0 with a scary shooting display in a 58-36 victory over Marcellus.
Blazing from the start, the Cobras enjoyed a 20-4 lead by the end of the first quarter, which allowed them to withstand the Mustangs’ mid-game pushes before a 15-7 blitz through the fourth quarter.
In all, Grimes made 12 3-pointers, tying a single-game school record. Of course, Amelia Heiselman led that charge, her 23 points including seven conversions from beyond the arc as she also dished out five assists.
Just in case Marcellus was worried too much about Heiselman, Erannan Shattuck offered inside help with a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds. All of Lauren Vaughan’s nine points came from a trio of 3-pointers, while Alex Guhin added seven points.
This prolific shooting did not let up in last Monday’s non-league game against Henninger, especially in the third quarter of Grimes' 69-40 victory over the Black Knights.
Unlike their first two games, the Cobras did not jump out to a big lead. Instead, Henninger hung close, and only trailed 26-22 going into the break.
Then the third quarter started, and another barrage of outside shots, combined with Grimes’ full-court pressure, led to a 29-9 blitz that all but put the game away.
For the second game in a row, the Cobras tied a team mark with 12 successful 3-pointers. Heiselman poured in seven of those treys to account for all of her 21 points.
Guhin, with 14 points, and Shattuck, with six points, supplied the inside balance, while Vaughan twice connected beyond the arc on her way to nine points. Jordan Vaught, Tina Hoag and Megan Driscoll each made a 3-pointer, too.