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Hardin-Central attempted 73 shots Tuesday night, while Heartland took just 39 shots as the top-seeded Lady Bulldogs cruised into Friday night’s Class 1, District 9 final with a 70-23 victory.
Hardin-Central makes its fourth consecutive district championship game appearance and goes for back-to-back titles Friday night against Kingsville, who upset the No. 2 seed Norborne 45-29 in their semifinal matchup.
The Lady Bulldogs, now 23-4 and ranked 10th in the latest Class 1 poll, set up most of their 73 shots by coming up with 26 steals against the Mustangs. Megan Layman and Reanna Newham grabbed 7 each for Hardin-Central.
Brooke Derstler led the Lady Dawgs’ scoring with 30 points, with Layman adding 19 more.
Derstler got Hardin-Central started with 12 of her points in the opening quarter as the Lady Bulldogs raced out to a 19-4 lead. The cushion was then built to 40-15 by halftime, and a 23-3 third-period advantage for Hardin-Central started the running clock.
Summer Ward scored 18 of Heartland’s nightly total.
Brianne McGuire and Reanna Newham added 7 points apiece for Hardin-Central. McGuire also grabbed a team-high 9 rebounds, with Newham dishing out 6 assists to lead the way.
Derstler and Layman also hit the boards for 7 rebounds apiece.
The Lady Dawgs got 2 points each from Angelica Bradley, Allison Oyler and Lindsey Arbogast, with Kayla Carrillo adding a free throw.
Hardin-Central converted 10 of 19 free throws, while Heartland made 2 of its 10 attempts.
The Lady Bulldogs and Kingsville will play Friday at 6 p.m.
PHOTO: Hardin-Central’s Allison Oyler sets up for a shot under the basket, while Heartland’s Rachel Thurman defends. The Lady Bulldogs coasted past Heartland, 70-23 in the Class 1 District Tournament last night in Norborne. (Photo by JoEllen Black/The Daily News.)