Caston’s girls basketball team survived arch-rival Pioneer Tuesday at the Class A West Central Sectional.
The Comets pulled away late for a 40-26 win over Panthers.
Caston (13-6) faces Tri-County at 7:30 p.m. Friday night. No. 5-ranked West Central faces North White in the earlier semifinal.
Caston led Pioneer 26-20 after three quarters.
“I thought Pioneer did a really good job defensively of limiting our ball reversal and made it tough to go side to side and run our offense,” Caston coach Carl Davis said. “They did a good job of guarding our post players inside and making the girls hit tough shots.”
Mickayla Rans was the lone player in double figures in the contest as she had 10 points for the Comets. Anna Brown scored nine, Jaycee Denton had eight, Marli Leazenby had seven and Sarah Holt chipped in four.
Kayte Miller, Brooklyn Mehrley and Kennedy Nies had eight points each to lead the Panthers (1-16).
“I thought our four seniors did an excellent job — Kennedy Nies, Kayte Miller, Brooklyn Mehrley and Megan Smith,” Pioneer coach David McWherter said. “Kennedy Nies played her best game ever. Brooklyn Mehrley played her best game of the season. Kayte Miller had a good game but didn’t get her shots to fall. She was battling leg trouble all night. But overall our four seniors just did a great job. I told them they could have come over here and laid an egg and not play hard but they did an excellent job.”
It was the Comets’ third win over the Panthers this season, and they held them to under 27 points in all three wins.
“I thought our defense was solid tonight,” Davis said. “We recognized their shooters and were tough on their post players inside. Our scout team did a great job preparing us for the game.”