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Nihill leads balanced effort as O’Hara reaches semifinals

Hannah Nihill scored a game-high 16 points as Cardinal O’Hara eased by Lansdale Catholic, 62-36, in the Catholic League quarterfinals Thursday.

Nihill, the reigning Daily Times girls basketball player of the year, helped O’Hara (17-5) to a 24-11 edge in the second quarter that created space between the teams.

All-Delco Mary Sheehan added 13 points, and Molly Paolino canned a pair of 3-pointers to tally 11 points. All-Delco Kenzie Gardler chipped in 10 points as the Lions limited Lansdale to just eight field goals on the night, though the Crusaders shot 18-for-20 from the free throw line to remain relatively close.

Third-seeded O’Hara renews acquaintance with No. 2 Neumann-Goretti in the first semifinal Thursday at Philadelphia University, tipping off at 6:30 p.m.

Also in the Catholic League playoffs:

Neumann-Goretti 80, Bonner & Prendergast 37 >> Maeve McCann paced the Pandas with seven points and three assists, but Bonner & Prendie couldn’t recover from a 38-5 blitz in the second quarter.

Caroline Manfre added five points and seven rebounds, while Kerri Quinn and Dakota McCaughan contributed six points apiece.

Archbishop Carroll 56, Archbishop Ryan 45 >> Bella Sorrentino led all scorers with 14 points to go with seven rebounds, and Molly Masciantonio filled up the stat sheet with nine points, seven rebounds and six assists for the fourth-seeded Patriots.

Erin Sweeney added 13 points and seven boards, Maggie Pina scored 11 points and Theresa Kearney paired seven points with nine boards for Carroll, which advances to the later semifinal to take on Archbishop Wood.

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