At last, things cleared out for last Monday’s encounter, and throughout a low-scoring first half F-M’s tenacious defense made a real difference as it inched into a 20-19 lead.
A big performance from Erika Stube, who had 12 points, kick-started the Hornets as Lauren Getman (12 points) and Madison Beck (11 points) also reached double figures.
F-M led, 34-32, with one period left, but could not hold on as junior Anna Ross keyed Westhill’s comeback. Ross scored 16 of her game-high 19 points in the second half, as she and Sam Peebles (14 points) made the key baskets down the stretch. Maggie Tripodi offered support with eight points.
That win, combined with a 57-25 romp over visiting Hannibal a night later, locked down that no. 2 playoff seed.
For Westhill’s quartet of seniors – Tripodi, Kelly Mascari, Paige Rogers and Mariah Pierce – it was their last regular-season home game, and like each of the others in the last two seasons, it ended on a winning note.
Outscoring Hannibal in each quarter, Westhill took a 30-12 edge to halftime and kept pulling further away. And Tripodi led the way, draining five 3-pointers to account for most of her 21 points as Ross contributed 12 points and Peebles added eight points.
Also on Tuesday, West Genesee’s girls hosted Central Square, hardly tearing it up on the offensive end, but making up for it with fierce resistance as it beat the Red Hawks 45-32.
This was a steady effort on WG’s part, as it built its winning margin over the course of the first three periods, gaining a 34-23 edge. No Central Square player would score in double figures, Claudia Stirpe leading the visitors with just eight points.
Marissa Hudgins, with eight rebounds and three steals, set the defensive tone and allowed the Wildcats to work through an uneven effort on the other end. Only Vicki Graveline, with 15 points, and Melissa Fumano, with 11 points, produced with any consistency.