Morris led by 14 points with 7:18 left in the second quarter, when Amanda Flint made a long two-point jumpshot to make it 19-5. But the Wildcats slowly got back into the game, cutting their deficit to six three times in the second half.
Sarah Haight made a deep two-pointer from the left corner to make it 23-17 with 4:56 left in the third quarter. Flint answered for Morris with a three-pointer at 3:23.
With 1:44 left in the quarter, Davenport’s Sam Maidens hit a three from the left corner to make it 26-20. Haley Wist then made a layup and drew a foul on Melissa Sperry. She made the free throw for a 29-20 Morris lead with 30 seconds left in the quarter.
Webster scored the first five points of the fourth quarter. With 4:07 remaining, McKenna Hungerford scored inside on a pass from Alexis Forgit to put Morris up 36-22.
Davenport came back again, closing on a 10-3 run. Maidens rebounded a missed free throw and scored to make it 38-32 with one minute left. Then Cassie Wubbenhurst scored on a putback with 38 seconds left to make it 38-32, but that was as close as the Wildcats could get.
Flint closed the scoring with 7 seconds to play by making 1 of 2 free throws.
The Wildcats shot 9-for-21 from the foul line, including 4-for-14 in the first three quarters.
“We normally shoot free throws pretty well,” Preston said. “We certainly didn’t do anything from the line in the first half.
“Think of the missed shots,” he continued. “Oh, just think of all those missed shots.”
Haight led Davenport (17-4) with eight points.
Hungerford had seven points, 12 rebounds and three steals for Morris (15-4), which received six points and eight rebounds from Forgit.
Morris will play No. 1 seed Franklin in the Section Four Class D championship game at 4 p.m. Saturday back at Oneonta State. The Tri-Valley League West Division rivals have played twice this season, with Franklin winning both.