Clintonville Two weeks off did not slow down the attack of the Elizabethtown-Lewis Lady Lions.
The top seed in the Section VII Class D tournament used a 24-2 second quarter to push an already large advantage out to a 43-7 halftime lead en route to a 73-21 victory over semifinal opponent Minerva-Newcomb Feb. 26 at AuSable Valley High School.
"They got out there and ran the floor well," Lions head coach Don Ratliff said. "They also passed up good looks for better looks, which is why we had 24 assists in the game."
Kylee Cassavaugh led the passing attack with eight assists, while Jasmin Barnes had six, Lily Whalen four, Jennifer McGinn and Shonna Brooks two, while Kearsten Ashline and Angel Barnes each had one helper.
Ashline led the Lions with 21 points (along with 12 rebounds and three steals), while Brooks added 20 (with three steals and three blocks).
"It has taken a lot of hard work to get here," Ashline said about qualifying for the Lions' third straight Class D final.
Whalen added 11 points for the Lions, while Savannah Graves scored eight and Emma Disogra four. Jasmin Barnes added three points to go with nine rebounds, while Crystal Grady, Angel Barnes and Cassavaugh (who also added six steals) each scored two points.
For the Mountaineers, Mackenzie Winslow scored nine points with three steals, while Gabby McNally added six points and five rebounds.
The Lions will next play at the Plattsburgh State Fieldhouse Friday, March 1, against third seed Moriah, the 2012 Class C champion who scored a 34-30 win over the defending Class D champion Indian Lake/Long Lake.
"I am excited to play Moriah," Brooks said. "We expected either team to be there, but it would have been nice to play Indian Lake and get a chance for revenge."
Ashline said that at the fieldhouse, shooting comes down to trusting your shot.
"There is no wall right behind the basket so it really throws you off," Ashline said. "I just look at the basket stand and focus on that."
"Moriah plays a similar style, and we need to take care of the ball better than we did at times tonight," Ratliff said. "It's going to be a tough game."