Meanwhile, Bishop Ludden’s girls basketball team faced a small crisis, but would ease out of it by week’s end.
Hannibal followed Bishop Grimes as conquerors of the Gaelic Knights, prevailing 51-46 last Monday in a game that was tight all the way. In fact, it was tied, 31-31, going to the fourth quarter, but the Warriors moved out in front and held on because it kept getting to the free-throw line.
Devin Sorrell led Hannibal, getting 14 of her 27 points from free throws, while Spencer Kenney had 11 points. Ludden lost despite 18 points from Danielle Rauch, with Nicole Granteed getting 10 of her 12 points at the foul line as Sara Hayes added 10 points.
Ludden would break that brief skid on Thursday, rolling past Jordan-Elbridge 68-34. To its credit, the Eagles stayed close in the first half and only trailed 30-22 at the break before the Gaelic Knights put it away with a 27-5 third-quarter outburst.
Granteed, with 15 points, led a well-balanced attack where Rauch, Stephanie Brazell and Olivia Trunfio nabbed 10 points apiece. O’Kane, with nine points, wasn’t far behind as Allie Wiegand and Liz DiMartino each finished with seven points. J-E saw Alexis Rouse earn 13 points and Maddie Troia put up 11 points.
J-E lost to Grimes 68-35 to start its week, as Alexis Rouse had nine points and Maddie Troia contributed seven points. All 11 Cobras players that saw action got at least two points, with Jordan Vaught (14 points) leading the way.
And in Friday’s game against Homer, the Eagles nearly broke the skid, but still fell to the Trojans 48-40 as an early 14-7 lead vanished when the Trojans outscored J-E 29-8 over the course of the next two periods. Rouse had 13 points, with Brienna Fabrize managing nine points and Leah Wright earning eight points.