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John Watkins, File | The Times

HAMMOND — Bishop Noll won a tough first-round sectional matchup over rival Andrean by stopping the Niners late in the game.

After Karli Miller and Natalie Figlio combined for 32 of Andrean's points in Noll's 48-39 win, the Warriors halted the pair in the fourth quarter.

Andrean managed just eight points in the frame, as Noll's defense kept the ball out of Miller's hands.

"Once Karli gave up the ball, our plan was to not let her have the ball back," Bishop Noll coach Vanita Golston said. "A lot of their offense runs through her."

After a slow start by both teams, Miller paced Andrean to a 23-20 lead at halftime as she scored 12 of the teams 16 in the second.

"We knew that (the Warriors) were going to come get after us and they did and we kind of backed down a little bit," Andrean coach Tony Scheub said. "Karli is unbelievable, she is our rock."

Figlio, who missed the first matchup against Bishop Noll, a 57-46 loss on Jan. 4, was a much needed help.

"We got our big girl back and we tried to do a better job at rebounding and I thought we did a great job in the first half," Scheub said.

The 59ers used a 12-2 run in the last four and a half minutes giving them their first lead of the game.

Bishop Noll opened the fourth quarter with its own run: a 10-2 stretch in the first four minutes and managed to slow down Miller, letting her score just three points in the fourth quarter.

"We tried to pick up our defensive intensity," Golston said.

Courtney Blakely lead the Warriors' offensive charge in the fourth with two huge 3-pointers that got the crowd going and deflated the momentum for the 59ers.

Blakely finished with six 3s and 29 points.

Freshman guard Makayla Fuentes finished with seven of her own points and the senior forward Paris Harris had eight.

Bishop Noll will play Roosevelt at 6 p.m. Friday in the first of two semifinal games.