Three Lady Bulldogs scored at least 20 points Thursday night as Hardin-Central advanced to the Braymer Invitational finals with an 85-62 win over top-seeded Tina-Avalon.
Brooke Derstler led the way for the 8-1 Lady Dawgs with 24 points, while Reanna Newham and Megan Layman added 20 each. Allison Oyler was also in double figures for Hardin-Central with her 10 points. Darcy Jenkins hit for a game-high 25 points to lead the Lady Dragons.
Derstler got the offense going in the first quarter with three of her five 3-point buckets as Hardin-Central jumped out to a 27-11 lead. Tina-Avalon cut into the deficit with a 20-15 scoring advantage in the second period, but Hardin-Central came back with a 21-15 edge in the third frame to take a 63-46 lead into the final 8 minutes.
Hardin-Central hit 18 of 24 free throws for the night, while the Dragons converted 11 of their 16 attempts at the stripe. The Lady Bulldogs visited the free throw line 19 times in the second half and hit 14 of them, with Tina-Avalon going 4 for 6 over the final two periods.