continued All told, it was a 20-5 run that briefly put the Warriors in front, 36-34. But Roesch said that his team stayed calm because it had faced close games before, and could handle it again.
Sure enough, less than a minute after Westhill took the lead, the Gaelic Knights got it back for good, and it would spend the fourth quarter nursing that margin and, at times, adding to it.
Rauch led the way, draining a big 3-pointer as the shot clock ran out to make it 44-38, and then getting a steal and lay-up a minute later to stretch the margin to eight, 47-39. Roesch that Rauch is a "natural player" and, as such, is given close to free rein to create opportunities.
A brief Westhill spurt, capped by a Peebles 3-pointer, cut the lead to 47-44, but Granteed answered with two free throws and another inside basket. That, plus O'Kane's putback, made it 53-44, and the Warriors never got closer than five points again.
Aside from her 22 points, Granteed also picked up eight rebounds, the same total as O'Kane, who finished with six points. Rauch augmented her 20 points with seven steals and four assists.
Peebles (18 points), Ross (17 points) and Emily Washburn (10 points) all hit double figures for the Warriors. There was some late concern as Ross injured her leg late in the fourth quarter, but she did return for the closing seconds.
And everyone, on both sides, looked forward to the rematch between Ludden and Westhill, to take place Feb. 6 on the Warriors' home court, which just happens to be the last regular-season home game for both Peebles and Ross.