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Westhill claims girls hoops showdown with West Genny

Warriors take lead late in first half, prevail 51-40

— Dougherty and Maggie Tripodi had eight points apiece as Maggie got the best of a family battle against her cousin, Emily, who is a starter for the Wildcats.

WG entered the week 2-0, and easily made it three in a row last Tuesday at Oswego, getting just about everyone involved in a 62-30 romp of the Buccaneers.

Oswego could only keep up for a short while. The Wildcats carried a 16-14 lead into the second quarter, where it proceeded to flatten the Bucs with a 24-5 outburst, all but deciding matters.

Fumano, with 14 points, led an attack where all 10 of WG’s players that saw action got at least two points, nine of them converting field goals. Graveline had 12 points, while Kerri Taylor stepped up for nine points. Claire Kelley and Jackie Pardee had seven points apiece.

Two nights later, Westhill, off for more than a week, returned to action against Solvay and showed no rust as it zoomed past the Bearcats 65-26.

In fact, instead of a slow start, the Warriors were up 18-3 by the end of the first quarter and 30-9 by halftime as it roared through a one-sided OHSL Liberty division opener.

Peebles led with 18 points, while Ross got most of her 16 points from a trio of 3-pointers. Erin Christensen came off the bench and hit a pair of 3-pointers, too, as she finished with points. Dougherty (seven points), Maggie Tripodi and Mascari (six points each) were close behind.

As Westhill plays Marcellus and Skaneateles this week, West Genesee is at home, meeting Auburn and getting a crucial test Friday against fast-starting Baldwinsville.

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