"We wanted to make sure they didn't get out and run," said Allen, who was a star men's player at Alderson-Broaddus and the 2004 WVC tournament MVP. "We wanted to make sure we took time to slow it down and with our offense we try to tell our kids to run it a couple times through to get a good shot and make them play some defense.
"They're a good team and we knew they would make their runs."
Alderson-Broaddus pulled with two points at 45-43 after Cayla Rhodes' putback. Rhodes finished with a team-high 15 points.
Seton Hill's proficiency from the free-throw line helped mitigate the issues on offense and thwart the Battlers' second consecutive upset. The Griffins went 19-for-21 from the line, including nine for 10 in the second half. Gattuso finished 6-for-18 from the field, but 7-for-8 on free throws.
Seton Hill went 10:34 of the second half without a field goal, and the first player other than Gattuso to make a shot in the second half was Kelly Brennan. That came with 4:11 left.
"The stuff that they ran, they were able to pull Katie away from the basket several times," Seton Hill Coach Ferne Labati said.
"Left our guards to fend for themselves. They outrebounded us severely."
A-B finished with a 46-35 edge on the boards, but Seton Hill survived that, too.
The Griffins advance to Friday's 3 p.m. semifinal against the winner of top seed Glenville State and ninth-seeded Charleston.
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