Jordan-Elbridge and Westhill's girls basketball teams brought contrasting styles into their first of two regular-season meetings on Friday night. The Eagles rely on defense and the awesome inside presence of Molly Hourigan, while the Warriors depend on the high-scoring tandem of Ashley Cianfriglia and Anna Ross.
It was clear on this night which style won out.
Hourigan, again dominating the paint, gradually imposed her will on the Warriors, especially taking over in the second half as J-E, on its home court, moved to 6-0 on the season with a 49-37 victory over Westhill.
Three previous times this season, Hourigan, a junior, had pulled off the once-rare feat of double-digit points, rebounds and blocked shots in a single game. These "triple-doubles" have made the Eagles one of the best defensive teams in Central New York, and Westhill on Friday found out just how good.
For a half, it was close, the two sides both making a fair number of shots, but not putting together any sustained runs as J-E clung to a 25-24 lead going into the break, and still only had a 38-33 edge with one period left.
The Eagles would pull clear, though, as it held Westhill to four points in the fourth quarter. Time and again, Hourigan grabbed rebounds or swatted away the Warriors' shot attempts, not stopping until she had yet another triple-double in the books - 11 blocks, 14 rebounds and 17 points.
On the offensive side, just four Eagles scored - but they each hit double digits. Kelsey Richardson and Grace Dungey finished with 11 points apiece, while Kali Davis finished with 10 points.
Each of them did better than Ross, who was held to eight points as Cianfriglia finished with 14 points, but just one successful 3-pointer. Maggie Tripodi matched Ross with eight points of her own.