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Semifinals set in tourney
Boyd's Brit Ralph tries to work around pressure from Centertown's Briar Williams. Centertown and Dibrell each advanced in the opening round of the 3-Pt Club tourney Monday night.

The opening round of the 3-Pt Club postseason girls tournament went chalk Monday night. Higher seeds Dibrell and Centertown were each able to pick up wins, setting up some heavyweight matchups in the semifinals Thursday.

The Lady Wildcats, led by huge nights from Katie Bechtel and Anslee Crick, beat Irving College 30-11, while the Lady Warriors beat Boyd 37-2.

Bechtel, who has been on a scoring binge that includes scoring 25 points in two of her team’s last three regular season games, had 17 points to tame the Lady Tigers. The lethal lefty lived in the paint and thrived in transition, while Crick was dominant on the glass on her way to 12 points.

Baelee Crouch led Irving College with six points and Ali Young added five. Dayana Esparza nailed a free throw to close out Dibrell’s scoring.

In the nightcap, the Lady Warriors overwhelmed Boyd with its depth and size. Center Ruby Denning had a game-high 11 points, while her partner in the paint Maegan Johnson notched six points in the first quarter to help Centertown lead from tip to final buzzer.

Rylee Young also got involved for the Lady Warriors, chipping in eight points as Centertown’s army of wings were able to cause chaos and get out in transition. Kinsley Jarvis followed with five points – including a three-point play before halftime – while Alyssa Boyd had four, Presley Winfree scored two and Kate Williams nailed a free throw.

Nila Dupuls had Boyd’s lone basket, a tough shot amid swarming defenders in the second quarter.

The tournament’s top two seeds – regular-season champ and undefeated Eastside and No. 2 Morrison – will make their debuts Thursday. Eastside will face off against Dibrell before the Lady Eagles clash with Centertown.

All 3-Pt Club tournament games will be played at Charlie Dalton Gym. The elementary champion will be crowned Saturday, Feb. 4.