"When I first started coaching at Winfield, Sissonville was in our heads," Sutherland said. "Once we turned the corner, then we were in theirs.
"There are certain schools that you feel you might be in their heads. It happens. But Buffalo has a great team with a ton of talent, and have mostly everybody back (next year)."
Sutherland and the Irish were ecstatic to advance in the postseason especially considering what Catholic has been through this season.
The Irish have been without three of its best players in Hannah Gallian, Catherine Bandak and Peri Bailey, who all have been lost to season-ending knee injuries.
"This means everything," Sutherland said. "I have never had a year like this. All of my high school coaching career, I had one starter miss half a season. For what the girls have done, I'm very impressed with them."
Samantha Fletcher led the Irish with 21 points, four rebounds, four assists and five steals while Anna Whelan added 16 points. Catholic forced Buffalo into 29 turnovers.
"It's been ups and downs but I've learned to just roll with it and move on," Fletcher said. "We have come together as a team and hopefully we can make it to the State Tournament."
Buffalo was led as usual by Chelsey Parkins, who had 21 points and 15 rebounds. The junior averaged 18.7 points and 18.2 rebounds on the season for the Bison.
"She set the school record for most points and rebounds in a single season, and most points in a single game," Ball said "She did it all for us. She is one of the better players in the state. We have a lot to build around."