Back home, the WG girls had the no. 4 seed going into its sectional quarterfinal against a no. 5 Nottingham side it beat 48-39 on Jan. 17. Here, it would get even more points, largely because the Bulldogs had no answer for Vicki Graveline early or Melissa Fumano late.
Graveline owned the first half. Pushing her side to a 23-12 first-quarter edge, Graveline made everything from lay-ups to three 3-pointers to five free throws. She had all of her 22 points in the first two periods, and needed them to counter Nottingham's efforts as WG led 36-26 at the break.
Fumano got 10 first-half points. And when Graveline cooled off in the second half, it was Fumano, working hard on both side, helping WG out-score Nottingham 14-7 in the third period to all but put the game away as she finished with 21 points overall.
And now the Wildcats get C-NS, whom it lost to 66-50 on Jan. 29 in a game that was close going to the fourth quarter. Of course, the Northstars also beat WG in last year's sectional final at the Carrier Dome, to where the Wildcats want to return and face Corcoran or CBA in the Feb. 28 title game.