The third quarter proved decisive as Sacred Heart dropped a 70-53 decision to Nazareth in the Class A semifinals of the girls’ basketball playoffs. The contest was played at St. Dominic’s in Long Island.

“We were right in it at the half,” Sharks coach Sister Maria Pares said. “Then in the third quarter, they changed a few things and it was 22-8.”

Nazareth, from Brooklyn, won the Federation title in 2012 as a Class AA team.

Sacred Heart was led by Hannah Rehbaum, who had 22 points and 10 rebounds in a losing cause. Rehbaum finished with four three-pointers and added four assists. Senior LaTrice Hall was the only other Shark in double figures with 11 points. Niya Johnson led Nazareth with 19 points.

The loss ended Sacred Heart’s season at 26-3.

“We had a wonderful season,” Pares said. “They have nothing to be ashamed of.”

Meanwhile, it’s Section VI’s turn to host the Far West Regionals in girls basketball. The competition continues today at Buffalo State.

The tripleheader begins at 1 p.m. with a Class A contest, when Grand Island hosts powerful Pittsford-Mendon. That’s followed at 3 p.m. by a game between Jamestown and Gates Chili in Class AA. The third contest of the day starts at 5, when Sherman takes on Batavia-Notre Dame in Class D.

Boys basketball

All roads lead to Rochester today, at least as far as Western New York’s top teams are concerned. The Far West Regionals will match Section VI’s best against Section V’s champions in the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester.

The action begins at 1 p.m., when Sherman takes on a powerful UPrep squad. At 2:45 p.m., undefeated Silver Creek takes on Mynderse. Then at 4:30, Olean – the top-ranked Class B team in the state – takes on Batavia. The evening action starts when McKinley plays Aquinas as 7. Finally at 8:45 p.m., Jamestown will go up against Bishop Kearney.

Two local teams will play at Fordham University this afternoon in the State Catholic finals. In Class B, St. Mary’s faces Monsignor Scanlan at 1 p.m. Then at 2:45 p.m., Canisius plays Nazareth in Class A.