Tri-West’s pace did not slow in the second half as Headlee knocked down a basket and Indian Creek’s Candace Danz connected from behind the arc in the first minute. Karen Jones added two baskets and began to dominate the inside.
Jones would finish with a double-double, scoring 10 points and pulling down 14 boards.
“Karen’s a great player and we talk about our goals to be playing inside out and play through her,” Acton said. “I thought we did a pretty good job getting her the ball and she was relentless on the boards.”
Trailing 41-31 as the fourth started, both teams had their best offensive outputs as Tri-West scored 20 to Indian Creek’s 16. Tri-West hit a majority of its free throws down the stretch.
Tri-West moves on to regional play to take on No. 15 Western Boone at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday at Danville.
Both teams reside in the Sagamore Conference and are familiar with one another. Western Boone finished tied for first with Lebanon at 6-1 while Tri-West placed second at 5-2, losing to both teams.
“It’s exciting for our conference,” Acton said. “But, hey, we’re back on this floor that we know well and are excited to get the opportunity.”