Led by Stec, Ellen Burr and Raeanne Clabeaux, the Lakers not only forced turnovers, it cooled off Cianfriglia, who after her early surge had just five points the rest of the night. Better yet, the Lakers held Westhill's other top guard, Anna Ross, to just a single field goal.
Cazenovia closed the gap to 24-23 by halftime, aided by Stec hitting a pair of 3-pointers. Stec had eight of her 15 points in the second quarter as the early deficit vanished.
Then, amid Westhill's long field goal drought, the Lakers went on a 17-4 run that lasted until the end of the third period. Though Cazenovia cooled off in the late going, the Warriors never got closer than four points (32-28) again. Helping out Stec, Burr and Clabeaux each put up 10 points.
These two teams meet again next Monday at Buckley Gym to make up the snowed-out Dec. 7 opener. Before that, though, Cazenovia will host Bishop Ludden (where Cianfriglia played before transferring to Westhill this year) on Thursday night.