"You need senior leadership to win, and we got it," Miles said.
That cushion proved enough, as South Jefferson (who, by contrast, didn't have a senior on its roster) never got closer than seven points the rest of the way.
Evans again led the offensive side of it, earning 15 points. Kleine, in addition to her great defensive presence, added 10 points. All of Mullins' six points came in that pivotal third period. In defeat (the Spartans' first sectional playoff defeat since 2002), Cassie St. Hilaire led South Jefferson with 11 points, while Rachael Bassett and Amanda Roberts each had seven points.
Now Cazenovia turns its attention to play Clinton Saturday in the overall Class B final at Utica Memorial Auditorium. The Warriors won the B-2 title by ending 22-0 Canastota's unbeaten run in a 31-23 defensive struggle.
Miles said that, great as toppling South Jefferson was, it wouldn't take long to move on to the next task.
"We'll enjoy it tonight, and then we'll focus on Clinton," Miles said.