Northstars handle Warriors in AA semis

C-NS girls tear through 39-2 first half in easy win

— Not until Stewart and Bowles went to the bench did the Warriors finally get a basket, on Rachael Windhausen's layup with 2:05 left in the half. Still, the damage had been rendered, and the only question left was how much more Stewart would play.

As it turned out, Stewart logged in six more minutes during the third quarter, where she had a block, steal, assist and 3-pointer.

By the time she sat for good, the Connecticut-bound senior had added 28 points to her Section III all-time scoring mark (now at 2,188), plus eight rebounds, three steals and two assists. Timpano had put up 10 points, while Paul settled for eight points.

Stewart and her Northstars mates get one more chance to perform in front of a local crowd next Friday when it plays West Genesee for the Class AA title in the Carrier Dome. Game time is 7 p.m.

WG (16-4) came from behind to knock off no. 2 seed Fayetteville-Manlius 52-46 in the other semifinal and feature a potent scoring combination in junior Vicki Graveline and sophomore Melissa Fumano, who combined for 35 points against the Hornets.

Yet C-NS bashed them 89-31 on Jan. 20, further proving that it's a heavy favorite to win a fourth consecutive sectional crown and earn back-to-back state titles, too.

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