continued It wasn't a one-player effort, either. Timpano and Bowles both had eight points in the half. But Stewart's second 3-pointer, which gave her 17 for the period and 21 points overall, and a deft pass to Elizabeth Miles for an open layup just before the horn, made it 41-13 at the break.
To its credit, WG's effort never wavered, as it stayed closer to the Northstars for a longer period than other local opponents.
Emily Tripodi garnered All-Tournament honors for her defense throughout the sectional playoffs and also had five points. Kerri Taylor paced WG with eight points, while Kara Datellas had seven points. Vicki Graveline managed six points and Marissa Hudgins joined Tripodi with five points.
Still, the Northstars proved too tough, as Stewart, who finished with 30 points, left the game early in the fourth quarter, having garnered tournament MVP honors. Bowles (who had 13 points) and Timpano (who got eight points) joined Stewart on the All-Tournament team.
Overall, the Wildcats’ 16-5 mark could only prove the beginning of a long run at the top. Fumano, Graveline and Hudgins return next season, though the departures of Tripodi, Datellas, Taylor and Allie Theberge will be difficult to absorb.
On the other hand, Stewart will be gone, to the University of Connecticut, and that alone might give West Genesee – and every other AA team – a new reason to hope.