Moving up a class hasn't slowed West Hancock.
The Eagles, the runners-up in Class 1A last year, are heading to the 2A semifinals after rolling past Logan-Magnolia 57-31 to start Day Three of this year's tournament.
They did it with balance and defense. Five players scored between nine and 15 points and the second-seeded Eagles held Logan-Magnolia to two field goals over the final two quarters, none in the first 11:52 of the half. Junior guard Rachel Leerar led the way with a stat-sheet stuffing line of 15 points, six rebounds, seven assists and seven steals. Kennedy Kelly gave the Eagles a nice lift off the bench with 12 points, four rebounds and three assists, while Amanda Chizek had a 10-point, 10-rebound double-double. Madison Eisenman and Riley Hiscocks each scored nine points.
Seventh-seeded Logan-Magnolia jumped to a 7-0 lead before West Hancock settled in. Kelly's three-point play gave the Eagles a 17-13 lead at the end of the opening quarter, a 7-0 run made it 30-21 at halftime and they dominated the second half, outscoring the Panthers 27-10.
Emilie Thompson led Logan-Magnolia with 10 points and Kylie Morrison added seven points, seven rebounds and three assists.
West Hancock takes a 25-1 record into a semifinal at 11:45 a.m. Friday. The Eagles only loss was a one-pointer to Bishop Garrigan, the No. 3 seed in the 1A field, in the regular-season finale. West Hancock beat Garrigan by one point earlier in ths season.
Logan-Magnolia, making its second to trip state, finishes 21-4.