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Notre Dame girls basketball has extended its postseason run, advancing to the Far West Regional Playoff this weekend after a 45-27 win against class D2 champion Mount Morris yesterday at Pavilion.

“To me," Coach Dave Pero said, "this was a semifinal to get to the state tournament. We couldn’t have shot the ball any worse. We haven’t shot the ball like this all year. But we come out successful, so I guess that’s the bottom line.”

Mel Taylor led the team with 13 points to go along with 5 rebounds and 6 steals while senior Riley Norton finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Also hitting the glass well was freshman Shea Norton and guard Emma Francis who finished with 9 and 10 rebounds, respectively.

Notre Dame went cold in the third quarter and allowed the Blue Devils to get within 7 points late but key three pointers by Riley and Taylor sealed the win.

“We don’t tell our girls to stop shooting because that’s what they do," Pero said. "They knocked them down and we finally got ahead.”

The Fighting Irish will face Section VI’s Sherman out of Chautauqua County Saturday at 5 p.m. at Buff State. The Wildcats are 19-2 and feature Elle Reed who averages 32 points a game along with 11 rebounds, 6 assists and 6 steals.

A win Saturday would send the Fighting Irish to the state tournament in Troy, N.Y. the following weekend. Pero details what this week looks like for the team.

“We’ll probably watch some film (today) – not go in the gym," he said. "Wednesday we’ll go pretty hard (in the gym). Thursday/Friday we’ll prepare and then Saturday we go to work.”Batavia boys will look to advance in the postseason, as well, tomorrow at 5 at Blue Cross Arena against Hornell. We will carry that game live on WBTA and WBTAi.com.

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