East Syracuse Bishop Grimes’ girls basketball team would host its annual Christmas Tournament on Friday and Saturday, welcoming Oneida, Watertown IHC and Rochester Mercy to the “Cobra Pit” to raise money for the “More Than a Game” Foundation that benefits Golisano Children’s Hospital.
In the opening round, the Cobras faced IHC, and it turned out to be a one-sided affair as Grimes unleashed lots of offense in well-time spurts to pull away from the Cavaliers 64-33.
Sparked by Tina Hoag’s seven points, Grimes jumped on IHC, leading 18-4 after one period, but even when it cooled off in the second quarter, the Cavaliers could only pull within 22-14 at the break.
Any doubt about the outcome got erased in the third period. Jordan Vaught’s nine points and Megan Driscoll’s seven points were part of a 24-13 outburst, and the Cobras kept it up down the stretch, too.
Overall, Vaught had 15 points, the highest individual total for any Grimes player in any game this season. Hoag and Driscoll finished with 10 points apiece as Alex Guhin and Katy McInerney each had eight points.
The final pitted Grimes against Mercy, who beat Oneida 45-34 in the other part of the opening round. It proved to be a tense, exciting affair, but the Cobras would take a 59-54 defeat to the Monarchs.
Picking up where it left off the day before, Grimes pushed the tempo and led, 17-13, early in the second quarter before foul trouble (four Cobras starters had to sit for long stretches of the half) allowed Mercy to get in front, aided by making all 12 of its free throw attempts.
All told, it was a 24-5 Monarchs run that stretched into the third quarter. Then it was the Cobras’ turn to draw whistles, as free throws from Vaught and Julia Freeman pushed Grimes back into contention.