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Girls basketball teams get sectional pairings

Westhill girls no. 2 in Class B; WG is no. 4 in Class AA

On a busy Wednesday, each of the area's girls basketball teams headed to the Section III playoffs learned about where there were going - and who they would be playing.

Westhill's 17-1 regular season meant that it earned the no. 2 seed in Class B and a first-round bye, which was the good part.

The bad part is that the state no. 6-ranked Warriors, in next Tuesday's quarterfinal, could face another state-ranked team, Utica-Notre Dame, who has the no. 7 seed and faces Clinton in Friday's opening round.

The Jugglers feature All-State star junior Emily Durr, whose last regular-season game saw her score 37 points in a win over Whitesboro.

Each of the other local Class B sides play in the first round this weekend. Marcellus, the no. 9 seed, meets its main rival, no. 8 seed Skaneateles, on Friday, just as no. 12 seed Solvay visits no. 5 seed Sherburne-Earlville and a night before no. 13 seed Bishop Ludden goes on the road to meet no. 4 seed Cazeonvia.

Up in Class AA, West Genesee's 13-5 record means that it draws the no. 4 seed. The Wildcats host no. 5 seed Nottingham in next Tuesday's AA quarterfinal and stares at a possible semifinal with two-time defending state champion Cicero-North Syracuse, who is the top seed again.

All of this followed a flurry of activity in the two days leading up to the playoff announcements, much of it from Westhill and West Genesee.

For nearly two months, Westhill had to wait for its game against Fayetteville-Manlius – and when it finally did take place Monday night, it took every bit of the Warriors’ toughness to get a 48-46 victory over the Hornets.

They were supposed to meet way back on Dec. 22 in the Traci Zimmer Memorial Tournament at Central Square, but it got snowed out, as did a second possible meeting in late January.

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