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John J. Watkins, The Times

HAMMOND — Greater South Shore Conference foes Bishop Noll and Whiting will meet for the Class 2A sectional title after a pair of lop-sided victories on Friday.

Bishop Noll cruised to a 67-12 win over Roosevelt while in the second game, Whiting beat River Forest for the second time this season 41-22.

In the early game on Friday, Makayla Fuentes lead the Warriors with 17 points.

Coach Vanita Golston said Bishop Noll's focus has been defense this season and it showed as her team held Roosevelt to five points in the second quarter and scoreless in the second half.

"Our focus is going to be defense and making sure we do the little things," Golston said when asked what will it take to win the sectional title.

Ten players scored against the Panthers, as the Warriors picked up help from bench players.

In the second game, Whiting stuck to its defensive zone that gave River Forest trouble and held the Ingots to one point in the first quarter and six in the fourth.

"They do a good job of disguising things and we didn't do a good job of reading things," River Forest coach Doug Nelson said.

River Forest returned one player from last year's team that played Noll in the title game, and Nelson said his team has learned from this season.

"I don't know if we came out tight or what, but we have a bunch of kids who haven't been in this situation yet," Nelson said.

Whiting coach Rick Gregory said the zone used against River Forest was something that his team hadn't t run much during the season.

The Oilers' defense has held its last five opponents to 35 points or less.

Senior Nahelly Pacheco led Whiting with eight points against the Ingots.

Prepping for the finals, Gregory said Bishop Noll is a good team.

"We're going to have to come with our A-game, and if we do that we have a shot," Gregory said.