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CNS girls rout Shaker, reach first-ever state final four

Incredibly, CNS sank 27 of the 28 free throws it attempted, 25 of them in a row. Stewart had most of them, the Connecticut-bound junior working her way to 22 points, 18 rebounds, seven blocks and three steals. Even with the boards, Stewart gladly gave up her spot in the post to run the offense from the point against the Blue Bison's 2-3 zone.

Meanwhile, Sarah Bowles continued to improve on the offensive end, pouring in 14 points as Mattice also managed 14 points. The CNS attack's newfound diversity, evident throughout the playoffs, negated any of Shaker's attempts to neutralize Stewart.

So the Northstars are bound for its first appearance in a state semifinal, playing Section VIII (Nassau County, Long Island) champion Baldwin next Friday night at 8 p.m. at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy. The winner goes to Saturday night's championship game at 8:45 p.m against Binghamton (Section IV) or Gates-Chili (Section V).

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