Kaylea Baisden registered 17 points, nine rebounds, and five steals to lead No. 1 seed Tug Valley to a 49-31 win in the Class A girls basketball state tournament semifinals.
The Panthers (14-2) take on second-seeded Cameron in Saturday’s final at 12:30 p.m. — their first state championship game appearance in school history.
Makayla May added a double-double with 16 points and 11 boards and Alyssa Newsome chipped in 10 points for Tug.
The Mountain Lions shot 34 percent from the floor, but committed 27 turnovers — leading to 17 points for the Panthers.
Tug Valley held a 23-12 lead at halftime.
Macy Helmick had nine points to lead Tucker County (17-5).
Cameron 44, Calhoun County 28: Lili Neely a team-high 17 points as Cameron advanced to the Class A finals.
The second-seeded Dragons (18-1) have limited state tournament opponents to 52 points in their two wins. Cameron will play in the title game at 10 a.m. Saturday against the winner of Thursday’s second semifinal between No. 1 Tug Valley and No. 4 Tucker County.
Calhoun County (14-4) scored no more than eight points in any quarter and its only lead was 2-0.
Freshman guard Kenzie Clutter scored 13 first-half points to lead Cameron to a 25-14 lead at the break. She finished with 14 points and seven rebounds. Another Dragons freshman, Ashlynn Van Tassell, added nine points and a game-high 14 rebounds despite early foul trouble.
Josie Montgomery had 11 points for Calhoun.