In fact, Marcellus (12-6) led most of the game, holding Grimes to five points in the first quarter and staying in front through the middle stages even as the Cobras started to hit baskets with regularity. Witkowski, with 12 points, and MacLachlan, with 11 points, led the way as Nicole Wynne and Shelby Nye each had six points.
With all that, Marcellus still only led, 43-41, when, with 18 seconds left, Jordan Vaught sank a 3-pointer, her fifth of the game (she finished with 17 points), to push Grimes in front by one. Still with a chance to win, the Mustangs were stopped by the Cobras’ defense, and a free throw created the final margin.
Solvay did not have an easy time of it during the week, starting last Tuesday with a 43-23 loss to Skaneateles where it only scored eight points in the entire first half and were unable to recover.
Julie Gardner still managed eight points, while Chelsie Delperuto finished with seven points and Taylor Guinta added six points. Skaneateles saw Joanna Dobrovosky (13 points) and Elizabeth Lane (11 points) lead the winning effort.
And two days later, the Bearcats met those other Lakers, from Cazenovia, who had just handed Westhill its first loss of the season.
Solvay was tough, staying within single digits until the fourth quarter, but still lost 56-44 because it could not stop Cazenovia forward Maggie Carpenter, who carried her side with a career-best 34 points, disguising the fact that no other Laker reached double figures.
For a long while, the Bearcats managed to stay within range, thanks to Taylor Guinta’s 13 points and Delperuto’s 12 points as Nicole Antonacci added eight points.
But Solvay still lost and fell to 7-9 on the season, still unsure whether it would make the Class B playoffs – at least until Saturday, when a 48-36 victory over Hannibal erased any possible concerns.