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Girls basketball Bees prevail at ESM tournament

B'ville fights off Whitesboro, Auburn for top spot

— When the Baldwinsville girls basketball team entered the Vince Celi Memorial Tournament at East Syracuse-Minoa, it was trying to bounce back after back-to-back defeats to Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool before the holiday break –and it would prove successful in that quest.

Against Whitesboro in Friday afternoon's opening round, the Bees would get that recovery, relying on a big second quarter and hanging on at the end to beat the Warriors 55-47.

Only up by one through one period, B’ville outscored Whitesboro 19-10 in the second quarter. And it maintained a steady margin until the final period, when the Warriors inched back within four, 50-46, with a minute to play.

But B’ville hung on, though, behind some key defensive stops and clutch free throws from Hope DeFazio, who made four in a row in that final minute on her way to 13 points overall.

Rachael Miller got close to a triple-double, managing 10 rebounds and 14 blocks to go with her eight points, as Emily Pascale managed a team-high 14 points. Sarah Abraham had eight points, as did Kaylee Lammers, who got key baskets down the stretch whenever Whitesboro threatened. Maria Lapertosa led the Warriors with 17 points.

B’ville drew Auburn in the finals Saturday after the Maroons took down host East Syracuse-Minoa 53-41 in the other part of the opening round. This was a rematch of a game back on Dec. 4 that the Bees pulled out by a 66-56 margin.

The rematch, as it turned out, wasn’t much different, with the pace again quick – and the Bees again triumphant, getting away in the third quarter and eventually stopping Auburn 68-54.

Hot early shooting from the Maroons put the Bees behind for most of the first half, but it produced enough to keep pace and only trailed by two, 32-30, going to the break.

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