Westside and Wyoming East picked up quick wins in last Monday’s sectional semifinals at Clear Fork.
Both games in the AA Region 3, Section 1 tourney lasted scarcely an hour. And both were lopsided.
WHS won the opener, 68-20, over Independence.
The Lady Renegades built a 41-7 halftime lead and continued to build on it from there.
Westside scored the first eight points of the third period, including four from Hannah Toler, to go up by 49-7.
Senior center Morgan Thomas battled through a double team near the end of the quarter to give her team a 59-15 lead.
Westside outscored the Patriots, 9-5, in the final quarter.
It was the Renegades third win over Indy, all by big margins.
“I thought our defense was good, and that was one of the three goals we set for this game” said WHS coach Jamie Lusk.
“We talked to the girls about doing the things we do well and getting better at the things we need to get better at,” he noted.
Toler tossed in 19 to lead the Renegades. Thomas scored 15 and had 13 rebounds.
Brooke Russell and Ryana Kenneda tallied 10 each, and Leslie Bailey had eight.
Madison Deck had 11 for the Patriots (11-9).
In the late game, top seed Wyoming East dominated No. 4 seed Oak Hill, 85-23, to move on to the finals.
East hit 10 threes and Jasmine Blankenship scored 30 points for the Warriors.
Blankenship, who outscored the Red Devils by herself, hit two threes and a lay up early as WEHS jumped to a 13-2 lead.
It was 20-5 after the first quarter.
East was up 23-7 when it went on a 43-0 run that covered parts of the second and third quarters.
Katie Daniels hit a three from the left wing just before the half to make it 47-7.
Blankenship scored the first 11 points of the third period to push the margin to 58-7.
The Warriors had their biggest lead, 66-7, on an Emily Saunders follow shot.
East coach Angie Boninsegna said she tells her team to stay focused on the fundamentals.
“No matter what the score is, you still need to play good defense and box out and rebound,” she commented.
“Jazz shot the ball well, and it was good to have Misa (Quesenberry) and Kelsey (Green) back out there,” she said.
Quesenberry and Green both recently returned from injuries.
In addition to Blankenship, East got 11 points each from Daniels and Green.
Madyson Lilly scored 11 for the Red Devils, who reached the semis with a 40-15 win over Liberty.
Both WHS and East secured spots in the regionals with their victories.
John Conley can be reached at 304-732-6060 or on Twitte @PIHnews.