Though it didn't want to look too far ahead, the Jordan-Elbridge girls basketball team is quite eager to take another shot at Cazenovia in this Thursday's regular-season finale.
A month ago, the Eagles were hanging right with the undefeated Eagles when, in the fourth quarter, star center Molly Hourigan went out with an injury. Without her, J-E fell apart and lost to the Lakers, 52-39.
Now comes the rematch, on J-E's home floor, with the Lakers likely to arrive still undefeated and in the state Class B top 10 as the Eagles, undefeated since Hourigan's return, was in the no. 23 spot in the state poll.
Since Hourigan returned, J-E has won four in a row, including Friday night as it had to rally in the fourth quarter to knock off Westhill 52-49 and improve to 14-2 on the season.
Led again by its high-scoring backcourt of Anna Ross and Ashley Cianfriglia, Westhill raced to a 16-10 first-quarter lead, then spent the next two periods fending off every J-E challenge and staying in front.
However, the Warriors' lack of depth, a season-long issue, surfaced again in the fourth quarter as J-E controlled the boards, especially Kali Davis and Kelsey Richardson, who had six rebounds apiece.
Davis also lit on the board, her 16 points matching that of Hourigan, who added 14 rebounds and six blocks. Richardson and Grace Dungey both earned eight points. Westhill lost despite Ross notching a game-best 22 points and Cianfriglia adding 17 points, including three 3-pointers.
J-E had started its week with a 54-32 victory over Solvay that was impressive on several levels. For one thing, the Eagles' defense stifled the Bearcats much of the night, to the point that it led 38-13 through three quarters.
The other part was that J-E won big without a single player scoring in double figures. Hourigan, Richardson and Dungey each landed on nine points, with Davis getting eight points. Kelsey Soderberg earned seven points and Erin McLaughlin picked up six points.
Then the Eagles turned around and, 24 hours later, beat Bishop Grimes 56-35. After giving up the game's first five points, J-E held the Cobras to just six the rest of the half, charged to a 30-11 advantage, and nursed the margin the rest of the way.
Davis more than doubled her Solvay total, earning 18 points, while Hourigan nearly restored her triple-double status with nine points, 16 rebounds and eight blocks. Natalie Andrianos finished with eight points.