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Stillwater beats defending champ Eastview to advance to state finals

March 14, 2019 10:39 PM

Senior guard Sara Scalia scored 20 of her game high 22 points as Stillwater rallied for a 65-52 win over Eastview in a Class AAAA semifinal game Thursday at Williams Arena.

The Ponies, now 28-2, advance to the championship game for the first time in school history. They will face Hopkins on March 16 at Williams at 8:00 p.m. The Royals defeated the Ponies in a November game.

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The Lightning, the defending AAAA champions, made it hard work. After falling behind early, the Lightning went on a 16-6 run to take a 30-25 lead at halftime. They stayed ahead for the first part of the second half but the Ponies'' pressure eventually turned the tide. The Ponies broke a 39-all tie with eight straight points and kept the Lightning at arm''s length the rest of the night to record their 23rd straight victory.

In addition to Scalia, the Ponies had three other players in double figures -- junior forward Liza Karlen had 17 and sophomore Alexis Pratt added 15. The Lightning will play Centennial for third place March 16 at Gangelhoff Center at Concordia University at 6:00 p.m.

Lauren Glas led the Lightning (25-6) with 14 points and senior guard Macy Guebert contributed 12. 

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