The loss snapped a nine-game winning streak for the Cougars, who beat fellow AA contenders West Genessee and Nottingham last week.
With the game in hand, Bowles returned to the bench midway through the fourth quarter, receiving a standing ovation from her teammates.
A night earlier, C-NS made the last regular-season home game for Timpano, Bowles, Gannett, Hannah Nichols and Kelly Corbin a good one as it blasted past Oswego 75-23.
The special occasion helped assure that the Northstars would not be looking ahead to Corcoran. Accordingly, C-NS blasted out to a 20-3 first-quarter edge and a 39-6 halftime lead.
By game’s end, 11 different players had scored at least one field goal. And it was two of those seniors, Nichols and Corbin, leading the way with 14 points apiece as Corbin drained four of her team’s 11 3-pointers on the night.
Timpano, with 10 points, also reached double figures, while Roberts and Rachelle Walters each hit two 3-pointers and finished with eight and six points, respectively.
She and the Northstars now shift their attention to the Class AA playoffs, where it will meet Oswego or Utica Proctor in Tuesday night’s quarterfinal round.
There, C-NS will ook to ride that stifling defensive pressure all the way to a potential fifth straight sectional title and, beyond that, a shot at three consecutive state crowns.
"We’re a good basketball team and we’re going to try to come out and show it every night," Smith said.