Kennedy took a 14-point lead (29-15) into the second half and looked to be in cruise control, as Woodlands couldn’t catch a break and was definitely rattled in the first half.
The Falcons committed 12 total fouls in a wild first half, but were able to slow things down in the third quarter and chip away at the Gaels’ lead.
Imani Tilford and Shanice Perry accounted for every single point that Woodlands would score in the first half, as Tilford led the team with eight points and Perry had seven.
Tilford would finish with a game-high 18 points, while Perry finished with 10 points. Nicole Brooks also added eight points in the loss.
Brooks had hit two 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, the second one putting the Falcons within two points of Kennedy (34-32) with 5:15 left to play in the game. But the Kennedy defense held strong to maintain the lead.
Kennedy’s Leah Green would later hit a key 3-pointer to give the Gaels some cushion, 39-33, with 3:33 left in the game and she would come up big again with only two seconds remaining when she went to the foul line and hit the game-clinching free throw to give the Gaels a 42-38 victory.
Greene, Sara Dowd, and Kiera Hennessy each scored nine points in the win. Hennessy also grabbed 12 rebounds and Shayna Gaskins had 10 boards.
The No. 4 seeded Gaels will square off against the top-seeded Irvington Bulldogs in a Class B semifinals matchup that will take place Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 8:15 p.m.