That run continued into the fourth quarter, a 17-2 push that gave the Cougars a 51-36 lead. CBA, led by Ellen Voorheis and her 20 points, would pull back within six, 59-53, late in the game, but would draw no closer.
Hickey took full advantage of all the attention CBA gave to the forwards, finishing with 23 points, plus five rebounds and three steals.
"She needs to play that kind of level for us to win," Marsh said. "We want the ball in her hands. She can create her own shot as well as anyone I've coached."
Nadia Jackson earned 12 points, while Carrie Blunt (eight points) and Zephrah Pam (seven points) each picked up 11 rebounds despite the zone. Erin Kenney came off the bench to earn seven points.
This leads Corcoran back to CNS, the team it lost to, 49-43, back on Feb. 5, its lone defeat of the season. The Northstars beat Fayetteville-Manlius 55-41 in the other AA semifinal.
Hickey, Jackson and Bradley work against a Northstars backcourt that includes Kelsey Mattice, Brittney Fedele and Abbey Timpano, and both can defend well.
But the real battle lies inside, as Blunt and Pam try to contain CNS's highly-touted sophomore, Breanna Stewart, and fellow forward Brittany Paul. The game could pivot on which side establishes its presence in the paint first.