CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- No matter the record or situation, sometimes a particular team just seems to have another team's number.
For the Charleston Catholic girls basketball program, that team is Buffalo.
Catholic lost its last three games of the regular season and entered the postseason against Buffalo with an 8-14 record, while the Bison had won 13 straight games and had set a school-record for victories this season.
Despite the numbers, the Irish continued its dominance over Buffalo, earning a 57-48 victory in the Class A Region 4, Section 2 semifinals at the Charleston Catholic Athletic Complex.
Catholic (9-14) advances to play St. Joseph at Buffalo at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the sectional final.
The Irish haven't lost to Buffalo (18-5) in at least eight years now. Catholic Athletic Director Bill Gillespie guessed that the streak could be between 10-15 years and Buffalo Coach Jamie Ball anticipated it could be even longer.
"I'm real proud of the girls but this is by far the most disappointing loss in the history of my coaching career," said Ball, who has also coached baseball at Buffalo and softball for George Washington.
"It looked like we came out nervous tonight. Obviously we are a whole lot better team than that. I'll take the blame, though. I feel like I let them down somehow."
Catholic Coach Paul Sutherland didn't think that his Irish are in the heads of Buffalo, but indicated that it has happened before with other teams he has been involved with.