Having played well for most of the early portion of its schedule, the Bishop Grimes girls basketball team knew it would learn a lot about its long-term hopes when it visited unbeaten Westhill on Thursday night.
What it learned, in the course of a 48-44 defeat to the Warriors, is that it has the goods to stay with any other top-flight opponent, but just needs to finish better.
With the no. 4 spot in the first state Class B rankings of the winter, Westhill knew that it was a prime target, especially for someone like Grimes, who carried a 4-1 record into the game that included a tough 51-45 win over Marcellus earlier in the week.
And even when one of the Cobras’ top players, Tina Hoag, left the game with an ankle injury in the first quarter, Teresa Shattuck came in and scored eight points in the first half.
Led by Shattuck, Jordan Vaught (seven points) and Julia Freeman (six points), Grimes constantly found gaps in Westhill’s defenses during an impressive second-quarter surge. By halftime, the Cobras owned a 31-23 lead.
But Westhill was far from done. Led again by seniors Anna Ross and Sam Peebles, the Warriors made up that eight-point deficit in just four minutes of third-quarter time, but that was just a warm-up for what it would do in the pivotal fourth quarter.
Peebles’ back-to-back 3-pointers helped Westhill move ahead for good, and it went on a 10-0 run. With the Warriors’ defense in top form, Grimes was held without a field goal for more than eight minutes, until the final seconds, when it proved too late.
Vaught (14 points), Shattuck (12 points) and Freeman (10 points) all hit double figures for Grimes despite those late struggles. Of Peebles’ 13 points, 10 of them came in the second half. Ross led with 15 points, while Emily Washburn earned eight points.