But Bowles and her teammates continued to work the ball and find open shots. The Northstars rebounded and dove for loose balls. They took the batteries out of a typically energetic Corcoran team from the opening tip, bolting out to an 8-0 lead 3:37 into regulation.
“We didn’t give up streaks,” Smith said. “Against a city team you don’t want to give up runs, and we did follow the game plan there.”
After C-NS took a 15-10 lead into the second quarter, Bowles forced two turnovers and scored eight straight points as part of a 14-0 Northstars jaunt to break the game open.
First, Bowles drew a foul attacking the rim and made both free throws to push the cushion to 22-10. Then she intercepted a Jasmine Davis pass at the top of the key and raced down for an easy score.
Bowles then finished off this spurt by stripping Zachia Gayle in the high post and completing another coast-to-coast score. By the time she was done, C-NS led 29-10 with 2:14 left in the first half.
“Sarah’s our rock,” Smith said. “Sarah’s our defensive pressure. She starts everything for us with pressure.”
The Cougars pulled within 33-18 at halftime as Mary Morgan knocked down a jumper and two free throws in the final 1:14 of the half. But Gannett converted a layup to start the third quarter and the Northstars never looked back.
Corcoran scored only five points in the third quarter and matched that total in the fourth, much to the chagrin of head coach Jim Marsh.
“For us to have played close to them and given them a game, we would’ve had to play very well tonight,” Marsh said. “We did not. We didn’t shoot well, we didn’t defend well, we didn’t do much well at all. We had way too many turnovers. They’re team is going to make turnovers into points and they did.”