WEEDSPORT — For the Warriors, it was all about pace and pressure.
The Weedsport girls basketball team converted turnovers into baskets, stormed out to a 25-4 lead in the first quarter and cruised to an 87-34 win over Cato-Meridian at Weedsport High School Wednesday.
"We try to push the pace," Warriors coach Chris Vargason said. "I guess the kids got up on defense, caused a few early turnovers and attacked the basket."
All 12 Weedsport players that dressed for the game scored. Sydney Gilfus led the way with 19 points, Brooke Hammersley added 18 points, Suzie Nemec tallied 11 points, Natalie Procino had nine points and Cassi Carroll finished with eight points.
"I think they were having some fun out there tonight," Vargason said. "They were playing hard — as we always do — and they were having fun as well. It's high school basketball. They've got to have some fun."
Cato-Meridian's Cassie Chalon recorded a double-double with 12 points and 15 rebounds. Olivia Ford and Morgan Steele each added seven points.
The Blue Devils opened the scoring with a two-pointer, but the Warriors had the next 10 points and finished the first quarter on a 13-point run. Weedsport outscored Cato-Meridian 21-14 in the second quarter and held a 46-18 advantage at halftime.
The Warriors scored the first nine points after the break and outscored the Blue Devils 22-4 in the third quarter, and continued to pour on the offense when Vargason emptied his bench.
For Vargason, the key for any of the players in the game was to stick with the game plan.
"Our whole game that we've been working on in practice is transition and try to get to the rim," Vargason said. "That's the high percentage shot. If you can't get to the rim, you should be at least at the free-throw line. And then find the open girl and share the ball.
"That's what we've been going with all year and it seems to be working."
Weedsport (7-2) plays Southern Cayuga in the first round of the Cayuga County Holiday Tournament on Dec. 27. The teams have frequently played each other in the finals over the last few years.
"Southern Cayuga is always tough," Vargason said. "They play good man-to-man defense and they hustle every play. They take no plays off. We're going to get back in the gym tomorrow and practice ... because they're a good team we have to prepare for — whether it's the championship game or the first round."