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Grimes girls beat Mercy in holiday tourney final

Cobras improve to 7-0; Cifonelli gets 200th win

— Now the Monarchs went to a trap, and that slowed Grimes down for much of the second half. In the meantime, Mercy used its inside size advantage to garner all kinds of easy baskets and, by the fourth quarter, were in front.

Trailing 45-42 with less than five minutes left, and with it unbeaten mark in jeopardy, Grimes would make an inspired finishing run, starting with Guhin getting open for back-to-back backdoor layups.

Then, with two minutes left and up by two, 47-45, the Cobras snared a couple of offensive rebounds, giving Vaughan a chance to hit a deep 3-pointer to stretch the margin to five.

Heiselman and Vaughan both hit free throws in the final minute to put the game away. With her 11 points and stellar defensive work, Heiselman nabbed tournament MVP honors as Vaughan (named to the All-Tournament team) added nine points and Hoag got six points. IHC beat Solvay 47-40 in the consolation game.

Grimes goes for eight in a row Tuesday, in a non-league game at Central Square, before a crucial contest Thursday against Bishop Ludden, who enters the week 7-1 but faces both the Cobras and undefeated Westhill.

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