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Girls Northstars nab West Genny in AA semis

C-NS earns shot at fifth straight sectional title

— It was that triangle-and-two set that hurt WG the most. Smith said the whole point was to force Wildcats players other than Fumano and Graveline to produce. And though Marissa Hudgens got 11 points and Melissa Bakowski added seven points, it was far from enough.

WG trailed 29-8 at halftime. C-NS had played far from its best game, but Timpano, with 11 first-half points, still outscored the Wildcats by herself, and Bowles (eight points) matched the opponent's total.

Now C-NS just had to avoid a disaster to get back to the finals again. When the Wildcats jumped out of the gate in the third quarter and cut the margin to 31-15, Smith used a pair of time-outs to get his team back focused.

The response was an 8-0 run midway through the period that covered just a minute of game time and included 3-pointers from Bowles and Kelly Corbin. Timpano also hit from the beyond the arc as C-NS, with a 13-3 spurt to close the period, put it completely out of the Wildcats' reach.

C-NS started out the post-season with one more impressive home-court effort in last Tuesday’s AA quarterfinal, where it took apart no. 8 seed Utica Proctor by a score of 80-23.

Though it already beat the Raiders twice this winter, C-NS took no chances in the third encounter, piling up 33 points in the first quarter alone. That torrid pace couldn’t be maintained, but the Northstars still led 44-13 at the break, and then put together a 16-2 third quarter, just to be sure.

By game’s end, 11 different players had converted field goals. Emilee Norris set a career mark with 16 points, matched by Timpano, who hit four 3-pointers. Bowles, with 14 points, was right behind them as Cara Gannett and Samantha Roberts got eight points apiece.

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