Conrad’s Stefanie Kulesza scored 24 points, including the 1,000th of her career, as Conrad repelled a mid-game rally for a 55-38 victory over Seminaire Saint-Francois (Quebec).
Conrad’s early gameplan focused on getting Kulesza to her milestone, as her team’s first five puts came off of her hand, and a three-pointer of a Jy’Nylah Whittelsey assist crossed her into four-digits.
After a brief ceremony, that triple sparked a 13-3 run, as the Red Wolves went up 15-7 after the opening quarter.
Stefanie’s sister Julie continued the momentum with a three early in the second quarter, as the lead swelled all the way to 22-7.
Their Quebecois opposition were not going down without a fight, as a pair of Bankshot three-pointers from Julia Denis sparked a 15-2 response, and after Kayla Couturier’s three went through the net, it was quickly a 24-22 game.
Conrad’s defense stiffened, and they were able to get their running game going, as they won the third quarter 17-6 to take a 43-30 lead into the final quarter, and then rolled from there.
Julie Kulesza and Alyssa Faville each scored 12 points for Conrad, who advances to face Pennsylvania’s St. Basil Academy in a semifinal game Sunday at 3:15 p.m.
Anais Levasseur led Seminaire Saint-Francois with 11 points, they will take on Roland Country Day (Maryland) in a consolation game Sunday.