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Westhill girls handle Ludden, move to 13-0

Key late shots thwart Gaelic Knights rally

— "We hit big shots," said head coach Sue Ludwig. "When other teams make a run, we always seem to have an answer."

Peebles led Westhill with 16 points and Dougherty added 10 points. For Ludden, Kelly and Nicole Granteed each finished with 11 points, while Lauren Roy contributed eight points.

Ludden nearly tripped up in the lead-up to the return engagement with Westhill, needing to rally in the fourth quarter of last Tuesday night’s game with Jordan-Elbridge to get past the Eagles 46-42.

In their second encounter (the Gaelic Knights had won a 58-55 thriller Dec. 29 in the Watkins Glen Tournament), it appeared that Ludden had taken control, outscoring J-E 14-6, and it still had that margin late in the third quarter.

But the Eagles, led by Molly Hourigan and Grace Dungey, went on a 13-0 run that stretched into the fourth quarter and put Ludden behind 36-31, forcing Gaelic Knights coach Jerry Roesch to use a time-out.

And Ludden answered in kind, going on a 14-0 spurt of its own spurred by hot outside shooting to move ahead 45-35, and while J-E made one more late push, Ludden held on.

Kibling worked her total to 14 points, while Nicole Granteed and Natalie Barletta finished with 11 points apiece. The Eagles saw Hourigan amass 16 points, 19 rebounds and eight blocks, while Dungey contributed 11 points.

As Ludden battled, Westhill blew out Hannibal 59-27 to make it 12 wins in a row. Outscoring that other group of Warriors in every quarter, Westhil peaked with an 18-7 surge through the third quarter.

All nine Westhill players earned at least one field goal, paced by Peebles, whose 17 points included four 3-pointers. Ross finished with 16 points, while Dougherty put up eight points.

Of Westhill's five remaining regular-season games, only one, the Feb. 9 regular-season finale against Bishop Grimes, is against a team currently holding a wining record.

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