Defending sectional champion Southwestern, a team that made it all the way to the Class A girls basketball Final Four a year ago, defeated Greenwood Christian Academy, 55-28, in the first round of the Morristown Sectional Tuesday night.
With the win, their fifth straight, the Spartans advanced to the semifinals where they will meet Lutheran on Friday.
In the sectional-opener Tuesday, the Saints defeated the host Yellow Jackets, 36-31.
Although both teams got off to a slow start, the Spartans’ size and athleticism dictated the pace of the game. Southwestern grabbed a 9-0 lead using a high-low post with juniors Oda Shackleford and Taylor Eversole.
The Cougars finally got on the board on a put back by freshman Catherine Davis.
Greenwood Christian spread the floor on offense looking for senior guards Hannah Wright and Kierra Weber to get going from outside the 3-point arc.