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Westhill girls still unbeaten; Ross passes 1,000 points

Warriors pull away late from Marcellus; Ludden goes 1-1

Two more victories last week kept the Westhill girls basketball team undefeated, but that was just part of the story.

When the Warriors beat Jordan-Elbridge 87-11 last Tuesday night, junior Anna Ross notched her 1,000th career point.

Entering the game, Ross had 971 points, and since the result was never in doubt, the game’s only suspense was whether Ross would reach that milestone as Shannon Bunce, seeing extended minutes, set her own career mark with 28 points and Sam Peebles added 17 points.

By recording 30 points, a new season high, Ross reached 1,000, and has a season and a half (assuming she stays injury-free) to add to that total while still displaying her trademark all-around game.

Two nights later, the state no. 2-ranked Warriors met Marcellus, and turned out to be a thriller for a long while before Westhill took charge in the late going and put away the Mustangs 63-45.

Inititally, the Warriors appeared to break out in the second quarter, doubling the Marcellus output (20-10) as it gained a 32-21 lead. But the Mustangs, with a well-balanced attack, ate into that deficit in the third quarter, and only trailed 45-38 with one period left.

However, the trio of Ross, Maggie Tripodi and Sam Peebles proved too difficult to slow down. Ross worked her way to 22 points, just ahead of Tripodi, whose 21 points included a trio of 3-pointers. Peebles chimed in with 16 points.

All of them topped the Mustangs’ top scorer, Tessa Mosher, who had 13 points. Lauren Soule earned eight points, with Molly MacLachlan held to seven points. Nicole Wynne and Meghan Witkowski had six points apiece.

Bishop Ludden made it three straight wins last Monday night, shutting down Chittenango for long portions of a 49-28 victory over the Bears.

From the start, the Gaelic Knights applied lots of pressure, and other than Kaitlin Antelmi (16 points), Chittenango could not handle it well. Steadily, Ludden doubled up on the Bears and led 32-16 after three quarters, settling matters.

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