ALEX — The first semifinal of the Grady County Tournament had plenty of stakes attached to it.
The Amber-Pocasset Lady Panthers were looking to keep their dream of a third GCT title in a row alive Thursday in Alex. The Ninnekah Lady Owls were looking to get to their first GCT championship game since 2010 with a victory.
Am-Po used a long scoring run from the first quarter to the second quarter to advance to the championship game with a 59-22 victory over Ninnekah. After a Ninnekah basket made the score 6-4 in favor of Am-Po, the Lady Panthers pulled away with a 15-0 scoring run.
Am-Po advanced to the semifinals of the tournament with a 62-13 win over the Dibble Lady Demons on Tuesday. Ninnekah advanced to the semifinals with a 48-25 win over the Rush Springs Lady Redskins on Monday.
With Am-Po holding a 9-4 lead in the first quarter after a Jacie White 3-pointer, White delivered a basket at the buzzer to give her team an 11-4 lead heading to the second quarter. She had seven points in the win.
Caton Muncy took things over in the second quarter, scoring 12 of her 14 points in the period. Muncy scored the first six points of the quarter to give Am-Po a 17-4 advantage over Ninnekah.
With Ninnekah trailing by 17 in the second quarter, Kameron Crutchfield hit two free throws to end the streak of unanswered points from Am-Po.
The Lady Panthers went to halftime with a 30-8 advantage after Hannah Gelnar buried a triple.
The Lady Panthers continued to build on their lead in the second half on their way to a 37-point victory over the Lady Owls. Following Muncy and her 14 points, Devynn Harris had 10 points for the Lady Panthers after a 26-point performance Tuesday.
Jayah Rodriguez was the only player to reach the 10-point mark for the Lady Owls. She had 10 points in the loss.
Am-Po advanced to Saturday’s championship game, scheduled for 6:40 p.m. Lexington clinched the other spot in the title game.
Ninnekah fell to the third-place game, scheduled for 3:40 p.m. Saturday. Alex also fell to the third-place game.
The consolation semifinals for the boys also took place Thursday. Alex, Rush Springs, Dibble and Verden all competed in those games.
The Dibble Demons got past the Verden Tigers, and the Alex Longhorns defeated Rush Springs. The two teams advanced to Saturday’s consolation championship game, scheduled for 2:20 p.m.