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By Russ Green-Sports Editor
After losing the first two meetings against Southwest Livingston County, the Hardin-Central Lady Bulldogs picked a good time to get their first win over the Wildcats.
The Lady Dawgs advanced to the Class 1, District 13 semifinals by edging Southwest 52-51 in the opening round Monday night.
However, the Lady Dawgs ran into top-seeded Wellington-Napoleon Wednesday night and dropped a 69-35 decision to the No. 3-ranked Lady Tigers. The loss ends Hardin-Central’s season with a 16-10 mark, while the Lady Tigers advance to the title game to meet semifinal upset winner Orrick Friday night at 6.
Wellington-Napoleon bolted out to a 20-4 lead after 8 minutes and was in control the rest of the way. The Lady Tigers increased their advantage by halftime to 37-10 and took a 57-25 cushion into the final 8 minutes.
Kayla Thompson was one of three Lady Tigers to reach double figures as she scored a game-high 18 points. Katie Kropp and Madison Thornburg each chipped in 11 points for Wellington-Napoleon.The Lady Tigers shot 44 percent from the field and hit 4 of 9 outside the arc.
Hardin-Central was held to 28 percent from the field and was 3 for 11 from 3-point range. Wellington also held a slight edge from the free throw line by hitting 11 of 18, with Hardin-Central converting 6 of 10 tries.