While all this went on, West Genesee’s girls basketball team sat back and relaxed, having finished a 15-3 regular season that gave them a no. 3 Class AA seed and a bye straight into the quarterfinals, where it would face no. 9 seed Baldwinsville Tuesday night after the Bees beat Liverpool 48-39 in the opening round.
Having lost two in a row to Cicero-North Syracuse and Jamesville-DeWitt, the Wildcats were glad to see 1-16 Henninger last Tuesday night, and used a big third quarter to put the game away, even if the final score of 54-47 looked closer.
It was the last regular-season home game for WG seniors Melissa Fumano, Marissa Hudgins, Jackie Pardee, Melissa Bakowski, Melissa Moran and Delaney Nolan, and they all saw significant playing time.
After an uneven first half where it only gained a 24-17 lead, WG stopped messing around in the third quarter, outscoring Henninger 23-4, which allowed it to ease up in the latter stages.
Fumano, in particular, made her Senior Night memorable, pouring in 24 points and adding five steals, getting help from junior Grace Osterdale, who had 12 points. Hudgins added six points and eight rebounds. Courtney Welch led Henninger with 22 points, including four 3-pointers.