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Grimes basketball sides win playoff openers

Girls hold off General Brown; boys win at Holland Patent

No matter what else goes into post-season success, sometimes it’s just how the draw turns out that can make all the difference.

Bishop Grimes knows this on two fronts. The girls Cobras, no. 16 in the state Class B rankings, ended up with a no. 6 seed for its sectional tournament, which provided good news in the short term and more troubling news in the long term.

The good part came quickly, as the Cobras, hosting no. 11 seed General Brown in last Friday night’s opening round, withstood an early shooting barrage and turned back the Lions 59-45.

Not known as a good outside shooting team, GB hit four 3-pointers in the first quarter and led 18-10 at one point before the Cobras started to defend the outside and, gradually, took over.

After gaining a 25-24 halftime lead, Grimes went on a 19-6 tear that covered the third quarter, getting baskets from six different players, but keyed by Tina Hoag’s back-to-back 3-pointers. This made it 44-30, and by making nine of 13 free throws down the stretch, the Cobras were able to hang on to that margin.

Hoag finished with 15 points, while Katy McInerney provided a big inside presence, finishing with 12 points and eight rebounds. Jordan Vaught and Teresa Shattuck had nine points apiece as Maria Gronau added eight points and Megan Costello six points. Between them, the Lions’ sister duo of Katie and Rhea Pitkin made nine 3-pointers as Katie got 18 points and Rhea added 17 points.

The only bad part of this for Grimes was that, in the Class B quarterfinals, it faces no. 3 seed Westhill, who beat the Cobras twice in the regular season, including a 55-23 romp on Feb. 1. The winner here would get South Jefferson or Altmar-Parish-Williamstown in the semifinals.

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