For the third straight year, the Saltillo Lady Lions are a win away from the state basketball tournament.

The last two years the Lady Lions fell to eventual state champion Neches.

This year it is a new opponent as No. 1 Saltillo takes on No. 7 Coolidge today in the Class 1A Division II Region III championship at Tyler Junior College's Wagstaff Gymnasium.

Tipoff is 7:30 p.m.

The winner earns a berth in the Final Four next week in Austin.

In the semifinals on Friday, Saltillo (30-6) played salty defense in dispatching No. 5 Strawn (30-7), 45-27. In the second game, Coolidge (24-2) rolled to a 73-40 win over No. 20 Bellevue (28-6).

 

Saltillo 45, Strawn 27

A balanced scoring attack lifted the Lady Lions to the win. Victoria Stretcher and Andrea Tippit led the way with 12 points apiece and Ariel Tippit chipped in 11 points.

Saltillo cleaned the glass, outrebounding the Lady Greyhounds 44-16.

Andrea Tippit led with 14 rebounds, while Kendall Bain had seven.

Jayde Price was the only Lady Greyhound in double figures with 13 points. Shelly Abbott led in rebounding with four.

 

Coolidge 73, Bellevue 40

Dianna Kirven and Brianna Kirven combined for 46 points to power Coolidge to the big win.

Dianna Kirven led with 25 points, while Brianna Kirven had 21 points and 11 rebounds. Precious Busby added 11 points.

The effective passing and fast-paced game by the Lady Jackets were too much for the Lady Eagles.

Bailey Terry led Bellevue with 17 points, while Amber Bush added 10.

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Class 1A Division II

Region III Semifinals

No. 1 Saltillo 45,

No. 5 Strawn 27

Saltillo1014129 — 45

Strawn46512 — 27

SALTILLO — Ariel Tippit, 11; Karli Brewer, 2; Paula Boekhorst, 0; Victoria Stretcher, 12; Clarissa Gamez, 0; Claire Jones, 0; Chelsea Moore, 0; Haylee Clover, 4; Kendall Bain, 4; Reagan Rutherford, 0; Hannah Wade, 0; Andrea Tippit, 12; Katilyn Gurley, 0.

STRAWN — Tearany Atkins, 0; Jacqueline Berumen, 6; Cidney Pollock, 0; Eva DeGregorio, 3; Jayde Price, 13; Shelly Abbott, 5; Cori Pollock, 0.

THREE POINT GOALS — SA: Ar. Tippit. ST: Berumen (2).

RECORDS — Saltillo 30-5, Strawn 30-7.

 

No. 7 Coolidge 73,

No. 20 Bellevue 40

Bellevue1010317 — 40

Coolidge2126206 — 73

BELLEVUE — Bailey Schroeder, 5; Cassidy York, 0; Kimberly Morrow, 0; Emily Barnett, 4; Bailey Terry, 17; Devon Cassetty, 0; Hannah McWilliams, 0; Destiny Watkins, 4; Amber Bush, 10.

COOLIDGE — Dianna Kirven, 25; Maria Ortiz, 0; Samantha Jacobs, 0; Adrianna Jones, 9; Tervyn Johnson, 4; Kelbi Shirley, 0; Essence Kirven, 3; Stephanie Rivera, 0; Brianna Kirven, 21; Precious Busby, 11; Nayeli Gonzalez, 0.

THREE POINT GOALS — B: none. C: D. Kirven, Busby.

RECORDS — Bellevue 28-6; Coolidge 24-2.

 

 

 

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