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Grimes girls finish second at annual tournament

Cobras beat IHC, but fall to Mercy in tight final

— Yet in the stretch Mercy held on, despite Hoag’s 13 points as she, Guhin (11 points) and Vaught (10 points) all reached double figures, with Driscoll adding eight points. Anelina Spampinato led the victorious Monarchs with 16 points.

Guhin and Vaught made the All-Tournament team, joining Spampinato and her teammate, Danielle Cleary, who was named tournament MVP. Oneida edged IHC 35-33 in the consolation game as the Indians’ Jenna Didio and the Cavaliers’ Olivia Miles rounded out the All-Tournament team.

Eight days earlier, on Dec. 21, the Cobras visited Chittenango, where it claimed its third consecutive victory, battling its way past the Bears 41-28.

Again, when it was needed, Grimes’ defense gave cover to an inconsistent attack. The two sides were tied, 8-8, through one period, but the Cobras held Chittenango to one field goal in the second quarter and inched out to a 17-11 halftime lead.

A pair of crucial baskets from sophomore forward Julia Freeman in the third quarter kept Grimes out in front. When the Bears tried to protect the inside, Jordan Vaught and Tina Hoag both made crucial 3-poitners down the stretch to help Grimes pull away.

Vaught finished with 12 points overall, just ahead of Hoag, who got 10 points. Teresa Shattuck finished with six points. On Chittenango’s side, Sierra Shafer (10 points) and Kaitlin Antelmi (seven points) led the way.

As for the Bishop Grimes boys team, a big group of games awaited in 2013, starting with Friday’s visit from main league rival Westhill. First, though, it had to take care of one more bit of 2012 business as, on Dec. 21, it hosted Chittenango and produced an 81-59 victory over the Bears.

Setting a relentless pace, the Cobras (6-1) steadily built a 42-32 halftime lead. Then it doubled that margin in the third quarter, Grimes outscoring Chittenango 25-15 to erase any doubts about the outcome.

Connor Evans continued his hot play, draining four 3-pointers on his way to 23 points overall. Jon Carnegie had a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Casey Evans managed 14 points and five assists. Tom Steinberg (10 points) and Akol Ater (seven points) helped out, too.

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