It's safe to say that the Upper Dublin girls' basketball team is on a hot streak.
After routing 14th seed Abington by 30 points on Wednesday, the third-seeded Cardinals held sixth-seeded North Penn to 11 points in the second half Saturday en route to a 42-26 victory in a PIAA District 1 Class AAAA quarterfinal at Upper Dublin.
"We've just played out of our minds," Upper Dublin coach Morgan Funsten said. "We executed perfectly, and the timing of our plays was perfect, and the girls played just really well in the second half."
Upper Dublin (24-1) used creative plays and sharp shooting to jump out to a 22-15 halftime lead. Relying on senior guard Curtrena Goff to guide the offense, the Cardinals found a bevy of open shots and easy layups.
"I'm usually standing around waiting for the ball to come to me," said Goff, who finished with a game-high 14 points. "Today, I started moving around and creating plays for other people."
The Cardinals started the third quarter with a 14-3 run, and North Penn (19-4) missed a number of shots because of unlucky bounces. The Maidens never found their touch in the second half. Senior guard Lauren Crisler led the team with eight points.
"It just wasn't our day," North Penn coach Maggie deMarteleire said. "But they [the Cardinals] make you play like that, and they played very well."
Upper Dublin will play No. 2 seed Mount St. Joseph in the semifinals at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Norristown. The Magic defeated Boyertown, 62-24, Saturday.
"We're really excited," Funsten said. "Mount St. Joseph is really tough and they're a perennial power, but we're just going to have to come ready to play."
North Penn 7 8 3 8 – 26
Upper Dublin 8 14 14 6 – 42
NP: Lauren Crisler 8, Erin Maher 6, Vicky Tumasz 5, Jackie Bilotti 5, Mikaela Giuliani 2.
UD: Curtrena Goff 14, Lauren Rothfield 9, Brianna Spector 8, Kayla McAneney 5, Regan Gallagher 4, Jackie Lillo 2.