From there, C-NS went to the Drago Tournament at Oneonta High School and faced an immediate challenge when it took on long-time power Poughkeepsie Lourdes in Saturday’s opening round.
But the Northstars were up to it, beating the Warriors 52-46. Trailing 12-6 after one period, C-NS turned it around by doubling up Lourdes 16-8 in the second quarter to move out in front. Then the Northstars provided steady production throughout the last two periods, answering every Warriors run with one of its own.
Elizabeth Miles led the way, pouring in 15 points. Just behind her, Roberts earned 12 points, while Bonin also hit double figures with 10 points. Norris, with eight points, and Tortora, with six points, rounded out a well-balanced attack. Emily Ferreri led Lourdes with 17 points.
This put C-NS into Sunday’s final against host Oneonta, who reached the state Class B championship game a season ago. And the Yellowjackets would prove why it got that far, defeating the Northstars 55-46.
They battled on even terms throughout most of the first half, Oneonta relying heavily on the 3-point shooting of St. Bonvaenture-bound senior Mariah Ruff.
In all, Ruff connected five times beyond the arc, including a tie-breaker late in the half when the score was 21-21, C-NS having rallied from a 16-12 deficit at the end of the first period. The Northstars trailed the Yellowjackets 26-21 at the break.
Throughout the third quarter, C-NS chipped away at that deficit, closing the gap to 39-37. And it remained tight down the stretch, the Northstars still within three of Oneonta, 49-46, thanks to Miles’ basket with under a minute to play.
Ruff put it away, though, sinking all six of her free-throw attempts to finish with 25 points – and this coming exactly three weeks after Ruff helped Oneonta’s girls soccer team beat Marcellus for the state Class B title in that sport. Maria DiMartin and Brittany Herrick helped Ruff with 12 points apiece as Herrick, who is going to Siena next fall, grabbed 18 rebounds.
Norris, in defeat, led C-NS with 12 points. Bonin and Miles each finished with eight points, with Roberts (seven points) and Tortora (six points) close behind. Miles and Roberts both made the All-Tournament team.
The Northstars (2-1) are off until Dec. 18, when it takes on Baldwinsville, this prior to appearing at a tournament Dec. 21-22 at Francis Lewis High School in Queens.