Sacred Heart was shorthanded but survived.

Taylor Higgins scored eight of her 16 points in the third quarter as Sacred Heart pulled away in its 55-46 win over Cardinal O'Hara in the first round of the state CHSAA Class B playoffs at St. Dominic.

Kristen Brent and Becky Conto each added 10 points and Nina Corcoran had six points, four assists and four steals.

Sacred Heart (7-13) was without its lone senior starter, Liz Hauser, who was out with an arm injury.

Sacred Heart will play St. John's Prep of Queens at 3 p.m. Saturday at St. John Villa on Staten Island.

Leah McDonnell scored 19 points for Cardinal O'Hara.

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