The Lady Hilltoppers cruised by Daniel Boone 64-36 and D-B topped Volunteer 63-48.
Boone forced several turnovers in the first two minutes of its game against Science Hill, also recovering key rebounds. The fourth-seeded Lady Trailblazers could not convert those turnovers into points, however, and the top-seeded Lady Hilltoppers raced out to a 16-0 lead.
Science Hill was up 16-2 after the first period, went on to a 42-15 halftime lead and cruised from there.
The Lady Hilltoppers’ Gabby Lyons fought her way in close for a game-high 19 points while pulling down 15 rebounds. Keisha Gregory followed up with 15 points and Tianna Tarter tossed in 14.
Autumn Bradshaw and Taylor Carmichel led Boone with 11 and 10 points, respectively.
After being swept by Volunteer in the regular season, the No. 3 Lady Indians made sure the third was the charm. But the No. 2 Lady Falcons kept themselves within striking distance till late in the fourth period.
Leading 25-19 at the half, D-B opened the second half on a 10-4 run — highlighted by eight points from Sasha Morrisette — for a 35-25 margin.
Twice in the second half Volunteer cut the lead to just seven points but could get no closer.
Morrisette and Alex Anderson combined for 52 points to lead the Lady Indians. Morrisette had a game-high 32 and Anderson knocked down 20.
Lindsey Overbey topped Volunteer with 21 points. Emily Armstrong added 10.
D-B (19-8) faces Science Hill (29-0) in the 1-AAA championship game Monday at 7:30 after Daniel Boone (18-12) and Volunteer (24-9) meet in the 6 p.m. consolation match.
All four teams qualified for regional play.
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