While all this was going on, Solvay, who had lost its season opener to Bishop Grimes on Nov. 30, returned nearly a week later and got into the win column at Phoenix, edging the Firebirds 38-34.
This game went back and forth. The Bearcats, up 9-6 through one period, gave up that edge, only to take it back and lead 26-23 through three periods. Then it did just enough in the homestretch to thwart any possible Phoenix comeback.
Though the Firebirds’ Meghan Barry led both sides with 14 points, Solvay had a bit more balance and depth. Courtney Napolitano picked up 10 points, while Kelly Nolan had eight points. Taylor Guinta got seven points and Jackie Gardner contributed six points.