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Marcellus, Solvay girls win tournament titles

Mustangs conquer Mexico; Bearcats beat pair of city foes

The Marcellus girls basketball team won the Dec. 28-29 Mexico Christmas Tournament, beating Carthage in the first round and host Mexico in the finals. Front row, from left: ball girls Samantha Wynne and Emma MacLachlan. Middle row: Meghan Witkowski, Tessa Mosher, Molly MacLachlan, Nicole Wynne. Back row: Lauren Soule, Shelby Nye, Erica Balman, Rylie Spicer, Morgan DeLand.

The Marcellus girls basketball team won the Dec. 28-29 Mexico Christmas Tournament, beating Carthage in the first round and host Mexico in the finals. Front row, from left: ball girls Samantha Wynne and Emma MacLachlan. Middle row: Meghan Witkowski, Tessa Mosher, Molly MacLachlan, Nicole Wynne. Back row: Lauren Soule, Shelby Nye, Erica Balman, Rylie Spicer, Morgan DeLand.

Appearing in its own tournament on Friday, Solvay peaked above the .500 mark for the first time this season and shut down Fowler 42-21 in the opening round.

Solvay steadily worked its way to a 25-14 halftime lead and playing better defense the rest of the way to make sure the Falcons didn’t get into it.

Offensively, Chelsie Delperuto led the way, earning 13 points, while Julie Gardner threw in 11 points. Kelly Nolan’s seven points mostly came from a pair of successful 3-point shots.

In the final a day later, Solvay faced Henninger, who beat Homer 50-39 in the other half of the opening round. It turned into a tense battle from start to finish, but the Bearcats did enough to earn a 44-41 victory over the Black Knights.

They had the most production in the first quarter, Solvay inching in front 15-11. For the rest of the afternoon, points would prove precious as the two sides battled the fatigue of playing on back-to-back days.

Through it all, the Bearcats kept its edge, taking a 34-28 lead to the fourth quarter and doing enough down the stretch to hang on, Delperuto leading the way again as she poured in 16 points, including a pair of 3-pointers.

Nolan continued to improve, earning nine points, while Nicole Antonacci stepped up with eight points and Gardner got six points. Raven Griffin led Henninger with 13 points.

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