CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. >> It was smooth sailing for the Cambridge Central School girls basketball team in their first round matchup against Rensselaer in the Section II, Class C tournament.
The Indians never trailed in their 54-28 rout of the Rams, to advance to the Class C quarterfinals.
Cambridge got off to a hot start, outscoring Rensselaer 10-2 in the first four minutes of the first quarter.
Most of the scoring in that span for Cambridge came from Helen Mooney, the sophomore dominating the paint, scoring six points in the first quarter.
"We did a great job as a team passing the ball on offense and that helped us score some points to get ahead early," Mooney said. "The reason I was able to get my shots was because my teammates made great passes to me. I had the easy job scoring the points."
Leading 16-6 going into the second quarter, Cambridge looked to be in total control, but that wasn't the case as Rensselaer started to come back.
The Rams went on a 7-2 run, holding Cambridge to only one basket in first five minutes of the second quarter to cut the Indians lead to five.
Seeing their double digit lead dwindled, Cambridge know they had to get rolling again and they did, ending the first half on a 6-0 run and take a lead 24-13 going into halftime.
"We talk about how the first three minutes and the last three minutes of every half has to be our best moments," said Cambridge coach Tony Bochette. "That's been our motto all season long and in those situations were a big reason why we won this game."
Cambridge continued their hot streak from the end of the first half into the first few minutes of the second, jumping out on a 27-13 lead.
After Rensselaer cut the Indians lead to nine, Cambridge began their next huge run that ultimately sealed up the win all started by a three-pointer from the left wing by Bridey Nolan.
The Indians scored 11 unanswered points, taking a commanding 41-18 lead going into the fourth quarter.
In the fourth quarter, Cambridge outscored Rensselaer 14-10 for the final margin.
"This was a great win for us because it was a great team win," Bochette said. "We did a good job doing the little things tonight like making good passes and playing good defense that really helped us get going offensively and this was great win for us to start the playoffs. Hopefully there are more wins to come from it too."
Mooney led all scorers with a game-high 12 points on the night. Sophomore Grace Snyder had nine points, seven of those points in the second half.
Olivia Mooney and Lynn Brownell each had six points to help the Indians move on to the quarterfinals as well.
Cambridge improves to 14-7 and will play No. 6 Berne-Knox in the quarterfinals on Friday at 7:30 p.m.