Westhill knows that Bishop Ludden is close behind them in the OHSL Liberty division pecking order and that the Gaelic Knights will get a chance to topple the Warriors on Jan. 6.
In the meantime, the Gaelic Knights are handling other local foes, including Marcellus, whom it rallied to beat 56-48 Thursday night to improve to 5-1 on the season.
The Mustangs appeared to have things in control during the first half, going on a 14-5 second-quarter run to extend its lead to 28-15.
But a shift in strategy allowed Ludden to make up most of that deficit in a 20-8 third quarter, and that momentum continued into the final period, when the Gaelic Knights wore Marcellus down on both ends as it outscored the visitors 21-12 to pull it out.
Nicole Granteed, with 16 points and 10 rebounds, led the comeback. Sara Hayes had 12 points, with Gemma O’Kane managing 10 points. Danielle Rauch and Stephanie Brazell had nine points apiece.
For Marcellus, who fell to 2-3, Tessa Mosher picked up 14 points, with Shelby Nye (13 points) and Molly MacLachlan (11 points) close behind.
Before that, Ludden romped past Solvay 54-22 last Tuesday, holding the Bearcats to a mere four points in the first half to take charge and stretching its lead to 41-11 by the end of the third quarter.
The Gaelic Knights did this without a single player scoring in double figures, though all 11 that saw action got at least two points. Brazell led with nine points, while Allie Wiegand had eight points. Rauch threw in seven points as Granteed and Olivia Trunfio managed six points apiece.
To its credit, Solvay bounced back Thursday night and finally got into the win column, beating Phoenix 54-46, using a 16-5 second-quarter spurt to move ahead for good.