Having flown to a 4-0 start, the Liverpool girls basketball team takes plenty of momentum to Binghamton for next weekend’s Pete Hyde Memorial Classic. And of those four wins, none were as impressive as its game against visiting Baldwinsville Friday night.
Against the 4-1 Bees, the Warriors used strong defense to control the first half, and then relied on a three-pronged attack to pull away and prevail by a score of 52-37.
Coming off its first loss of the season (62-38 to reigning champion Cicero-North Syracuse on Dec. 18), B’viille, at 4-1, found Liverpool to be just as stingy and difficult to solve.
The Warriors’ relentless pressure led to a cold first half for the Bees. Liverpool had its own offensive struggles, but it still built up a 22-13 margin as they went to halftime.
Though the Bees did pick up its pace in the third quarter, Liverpool still put them away with a 23-11 effort in those eight minutes, and cruised the rest of the way.
Rachael Windhausen continues to put up impressive numbers each night, as Windhausen finished with 18 points and 16 rebounds. But the Bees could not collapse on Windhausen, because Drew Dufrane was earning a career-best 16 points, adding five rebounds, four assists and two steals.
Nicole Carey, with 10 points, also reached double figures, while Emma Geyer managed six points. No one on B’ville could match Windhausen or Dufrane, though Rachael Miller finished with 13 points, six rebounds and seven blocks. Emily Pascale, held to four points against C-NS, did a bit better here with eight points, five rebounds and four assists.
For Liverpool’s boys basketball team, a trip to Baldwinsville brought a chance to halt a two-game skid – and led by Caleb Taylor, the Warriors proved quite successful, pulling away for an 84-64 victory over the Bees.