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Westhill girls knocked out by Utica-Notre Dame

Boys Warriors atone with quarterfinal win over Jugglers

It worked, as Tripodi managed just a single basket in the first half and was blanked in the third quarter, too. Just as importantly, the Warriors' defensive attention on Durr led to her teammates getting open looks.

Anari Harris, in particular, helped UND pull away as she had 10 of her 16 points in that period, and the Warriors' deficit grew as big as 21 (50-29) early in the final period.

The desperate Warriors made one brief surge, as Tripodi finally hit on back-to-back 3-pointers and Ross added three points during an 11-1 run that made it 51-40. But the Jugglers settled down and blanked Westhill over the last 4:24 to ice it as Ross finished with 12 points and Peebles contributed 10 points.

But the night was not a total loss for Westhill. Just after the girls were done, the boys Warriors, also a no. 2 seed in Class B, took to the court, also against Utica-Notre Dame - but this time the hosts prevailed, eliminating the Jugglers 72-57.

Following a first-round playoff bye, Westhill got a UND side that had held off Solvay 52-50 in last Friday's opening round. And the first half was close here, too, both sides trading baskets, though the Warriors did sneak into a 33-30 lead at the break.

Westhill would get clear, though, in the third quarter, outscoring the Jugglers 20-13, and it kept pulling away in the latter stages despite 19 points apiece from UND teammates Simon Pitman and Kevin Warmack.

Much of this was due to yet another star turn from sophomore sensation Jordan Roland. The Jugglers simply could not stop him, as Roland picked up 31 points, converting 13 field goals and four free throws along the way.

Tyler Reynolds offered ample support, too, as he gained 16 points, while Kevin Karleski contributed nine points and William Billy finished with nine points.

In Sunday's Class B semifinal at SRC Arena, the Warriors meet its namesakes from Clinton, the no. 3 seed, who needed a basket from Malaquias Carney in the last seconds of overtime to oust Syracuse Academy of Science 66-65 in its quarterfinal game.

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