Serima Thompson scored 12 points, including nine in the second half to lead the Spring Creek girls basketball team to a 51-38 victory over Boulder City in the Division I-A state semifinals at Del Sol High School on Friday.
The Spartans used a 23-9 first-quarter lead and capitalized off an inefficient Eagles' scoring attack to maintain control throughout the game.
"Our game all year has been to get inside to the post or we drive it as attack the rim," Spartans coach Holly Miller said. "I let them shoot the three if it's open, but for the most part, that's not our game."
Arrayana Edwards paced Spring Creek (23-3) in the first half with all 10 of her points scored in the first quarter.
After getting into foul trouble early in the game, Miller was comfortable allowing the senior forward to rest while the Spartans' arsenal of scoring threats took over.
"Arrayana was in foul trouble, she's sick, and as long as we had that cushion there, I was okay with letting her rest," Miller said.
The Spartans led 28-11 at halftime. Powered by Thompson's scoring and court vision, Spring Creek's largest lead of the game came in the waning minutes of the third quarter, where they led 46-20.
"Serima did great in the second half for us," Miller said. "I thought she took care of the ball really well and she attacked the rim."
The Spartans were more aggressive throughout the game and utilized their quickness advantage to drive to the basket and pick up fouls.
Spring Creek finished 11-of-18 in free-throw shooting and converted seven more baskets than the Eagles (18-8), despite turning the ball over 20 times compared to 15 for Boulder City.
"We just have to make sure we do a better job of taking care of the basketball and taking what's there instead of trying to force it," Miller said.
Thompson converted 4-of-8 free throws in the game and helped the Spartans avoid being complacent despite their sizable lead.
"We've got to go 100 percent and not sit down and be lazy," Thompson said. "The whole team has to play that way the whole game. I saw I needed to step up in the second half, and that's what I did."
FAITH LUTHERAN 53, ELKO 42: Lights-out shooting by Faith Lutheran senior Julia Benko and an all-around stellar game by senior Taylor Hammer proved to be too much for Elko to handle.
Benko scored 19 points to lead the Crusaders (20-8) past the Indians (19-8) and into the championship game against Spring Creek.
Hammer, meanwhile, protected the paint for the Crusaders.
The 6-foot center registered seven blocks, 10 rebounds and finished second to Benko with 14 points.
Senior Raelynn Forcella paced the Elko scoring attack with 10 points.
Sophomore Desirea Danner supplied nine points for Elko, while senior Anna Dubois and junior Marissa Elquist scored seven points apiece.
Senior Samantha Leonard finished with 11 points for Faith Lutheran.