With a good chance that they could see each other again in a month’s time, the West Genesee girls basketball team put its 12-3 mark on the line last Tuesday night against 12-2 Fayetteville-Manlius.
And the Wildcats played on fairly even terms most of the night – until the fourth quarter, that is, when the state Class AA no. 17-ranked Hornets took control and pulled out a 49-41 decision.
Given how well both teams play on defense, it did not figure to be a high-scoring battle, but WG made the first push, inching into a 14-11 lead by the end of the opening period.
For the rest of the game, though, the Wildcats struggled for the same kind of offensive consistency as F-M chipped away. Still, no one could gain any clear advantage before the final period, when the Hornets, led by Kiley Shoemaker (14 points) and Lauren Getman (13 points), outscored WG 15-8 and got clear.
Melissa Fumano carried the Wildcats’ attack, her 21 points accounting for more than half her team’s output. Marissa Hudgins, with eight points, was the only other WG player to get more than two field goals.
WG recovered on Friday night to beat Utica Proctor, but even that didn’t prove easy as the Wildcats scraped out a 53-51 decision over the Raiders.
A rough second quarter erased all of WG’s early lead. Down 23-21 at halftime, the Wildcats went back in front in the third quarter and survived a tense exchange in the stretch.
Fumano, with 19 points, led both sides on the offensive end. Kara Datellas had 11 points, while Vicki Graveline and Marissa Hudgins managed eight points apiece.
While all this was happening, the West Genesee boys basketball team was glad that a Class AA playoff berth was secure, given what happened to them away in two tough road games.