Stephanie Brazell earned six of her team-high 13 points at the free-throw line. Kelly Granteed added 12 points, with Nicole Granteed managing nine points.
But a bigger test loomed Thursday night against Cazenovia, who sported an 8-2 record. Looking for four wins in a row, the Gaelic Knights instead slumped again, falling to the Lakers 50-30.
All game long, Ludden found itself unable to find any rhythm in the face of Cazenovia’s swarming defense. That led to a 23-14 halftime deficit, and the Lakers got away by outscoring the Gaelic Knights 16-7 in the third period.
No Ludden player scored in double figures, though Brazell (eight points), Nicole Granteed (seven points) and Kelly Granteed (six points) came close. Cazenovia’s Maggie Carpenter led her side, pouring in 20 points.
Marcellus, before it met Westhill, took a 53-36 home defeat to Bishop Grimes, mostly because of what took place in the first half.
The Cobras jumped all over the Mustangs, 15-8, in the first quarter, Jordan Vaught getting 10 of her 15 points in that frame. Then Vaught’s teammate, Tina Hoag, took over, piling up 14 of her 19 points in the second period as Marcellus trailed, 37-20, at the break.
Try as it could, the Mustangs had no response for those outbursts, despite 14 points (and three 3-pointers) from Molly MacLachlan and 10 points from Tessa Mosher.
Solvay also lost on Tuesday night, falling to Cazenovia 47-23. Under heavy pressure in the first half, the Bearcats only managed seven total points, giving the Lakers plenty of time to take control.
Julie Gardner would get most of her 11 points in the second half, but it was far from enough. Carpenter, with 22 points, nearly outscored Solvay by herself.