LAKE TWP.: Archbishop Hoban had an easy time in its Uniontown Division II sectional game against Fairless on Saturday. Maybe too easy.

The glum expression of Hoban coach Scott Callaghan did not befit a man who just guided his team to a 43-18 victory. But he was not pleased with what he had witnessed.

“We just didn’t play hard and that’s my responsibility,” Callaghan said. “We didn’t play with any effort or sense of urgency at all. That’s not like us. That’s not our identity.”

Hoban (18-3), the No. 2 seed behind unbeaten Manchester, will face a tougher challenge in a district semifinal at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday against Norton, a 47-41 winner over Triway in Saturday’s second game at Lake High School.

The Knights held an 11-0 lead before Fairless (8-14) scored its first point less than a minute into the second quarter. But the Falcons outscored Hoban 11-5 the rest of thequarter, trailing just 16-11 at halftime.

“I thought Fairless played hard and they executed well,” Callaghan said. “We just weren’t excited about playing basketball today and we’ve got to learn from this because the tournament is a wonderful opportunity. We need to understand the tournament is the entire season. The regular season is just practice.”

His players might have gotten the message at halftime. Hoban scored the first 10 points of the second half, before a 3-pointer by the Falcons’ Sam Weyandt, who led her team with seven points, cut the lead to 24-14 with 2:36 left in the third quarter.

But Fairless did not score again until less than a minute remained in the game. In the meantime, Janaya Feaster and Meghan Donohue helped to kick-start the Hoban offense.

Feaster, a 5-foot-5 senior guard, finished with 10 points, seven rebounds and eight steals. Donohue, at 6-2 the tallest player on the floor, scored 12 of her game-high 15 points in the second half and pulled down 13 rebounds.

The Knights forced 28 Fairless turnovers.

“I think we kind of took them lightly,” Feaster said. “We knew we were the better team so we kind of played down to their level and we can’t do that for the next couple games. We have to come out and play like Hoban plays.”

It was also Hoban’s first game since trying to shake off a regular-season ending loss to rival Walsh Jesuit 10 days earlier, perhaps contributing to the slow start.

“We had to come together,” Donohue said. “We weren’t playing our best and we just had to come together and pull it out as best we could and we did that.”

Ironically, Fairless coach Thad Rimer seemed almost upbeat about his team’s final game of the year.

“We asked them to give everything they had,” Rimer said. “I mean, they’re so fast and bigger than us at most positions and our girls fought and fought. In the second quarter, we got a nice little run, but at the end of the third quarter, their size just took over.”

Norton 47, Triway 41

After watching Triway finish the second quarter with a big run to forge a three-point lead, Panthers coach Brian Miller lit a fire under his team at halftime.

“Believe me, I let them have it,” Miller said. “I told them there is absolutely no excuse for a team of this caliber to let anybody score 13 in a row [actually 11]. That’s just lack of mental focus and toughness that we preach all year long. They easily responded in the second half.”

The defense certainly did. Norton (18-4) contested every shot, outscored Triway 13-2 in the next five minutes to go ahead by eight (34-26), and held the lead the rest of the way to advance. Winner of last year’s Massillon district, the Panthers need two more wins to make it to another regional.

“It was more about heart in the second half,” Norton’s Cara Cook said. “They were on fire. They had the intensity up and we just had to match it and go by them.”

Three 5-foot-9 players — Cook, Alyssa Kraus and Jaclyn Fortner — carried the load as they usually do, all handling the ball and making plays.

“It’s whoever gets the ball, because we’re all interchangeable,” Krause said. “We’re all the same height and same skills. Whoever gets the ball open can bring it up and break the press.”

Kraus, a senior, led all scorers with 14 points. Cook and Fortner, both juniors, had 11 and 10 points, respectively.

The Titans (16-6) got 13 points each from Tessa Brooks and Lori Inkrott.