CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Lincoln and Bridgeport were no strangers to each other when both took the court Thursday afternoon at the Civic Center.
Prior to Thursday's Class AA girls state tournament quarterfinal, they collided three times during the regular season, with Bridgeport winning each matchup by at least 15 points.
Therefore, when Lincoln went into halftime trailing just 22-19, it seemed as though the fourth time may be the charm. However, it was evident after a couple of minutes in the third quarter there would be no upset.
No. 2 seed Bridgeport used a 16-5 run in the third quarter and senior guard Miki Glenn scored 19 of her game-high 33 points in the second half as the Indians (23-2) defeated the No. 7 Cougars 54-34.
Bridgeport will face No. 3 seed Nicholas County in a semifinal at 11:15 a.m. today. Nicholas County (21-3) defeated North Marion 47-42 earlier Thursday.
The Indians will face a tall challenge in Nicholas County's 5-foot-11 all-stater Shealyn Shafer and fellow starter Nicole Hamilton, a 6-footer. Bridgeport's tallest player is 5-7 reserve Sarah Randolph.
"We have played against teams taller than us for a month and a half now," said Bridgeport coach Dave Marshall. "There is nothing we can do about it. We will try to pressure the basketball the best we can. We will try to help each other out on defense. We are going to have to box out because I watched [Nicholas Thursday] morning. Those girls [Shafer and Hamilton] can really play."
Before that, Bridgeport had to get past a scrappy Lincoln squad.
The Cougars (16-10) fell behind 12-5 early but kept sending two and sometimes three players at Glenn. The strategy paid off as they were able to close the first quarter on a 10-3 run.
"I was expecting something different than what they had been playing [in previous games]," Glenn said of Lincoln's defense. "They went to a triangle-and-two and I have confidence that my teammates can make their shots. It was just about working the ball around, attacking them, setting good screens and getting open. It was about making shots in the end."