File Photo by Bob Cross // Fotocross
File Photo by Bob Cross // Fotocross
The Hamilton Heights Lady Huskies took care of business against an overmatched Blackford Bruins squad with a 65-29 win Wednesday night in the opening round of the Class 3A Sectional 24. 

The Huskies entered postseason play winners of nine of their last 10 games — the Bruins won once all season. 

Heights wasted no time grabbing the lead, sprinting out to a 19-8 advantage after one quarter of play. The Huskies had doubled up the Bruins, 32-16, at halftime behind a balanced offensive attack. 

Three Huskies finished with double-figure scoring efforts, led by senior forward Kayla Kirtley with 15. Kirtley scored nine in the first half, when the margin was still relatively close. 

Heights kept its foot on the pedal in the second half, outscoring Blackford 16-6 in the third quarter and 17-4 in the fourth. 

Sophomore guard Bayleigh Runner finished second on the Huskies in scoring with 13, and senior guard Lexi Branham dropped 10 of her 12 points in the first half. 

Senior Ana Collar and freshman Chloee Thomas both chipped in with six points, while junior Lauryn Wiley contributed five. Freshmen Jillian Osswald and Ella Shields scored four points each. Sophomore Chloe Henderson got in the box score, too, with one point. 

Hamilton Heights (17-7) advances to face Jay County (16-8) in the semifinals of the bracket. The Patriots defeated Muncie Burris 74-30 in their first-round matchup. Heights and Jay County did not play each other during the regular season, and each team went a perfect 3-0 against common opponents Guerin Catholic, Blackford and Richmond during the season.
Jay County is currently riding a four-game winning streak. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday at Blackford. If Hamilton Heights is able to defeat- Jau County, the Lady Huskies would play in the championship game Saturday night against either the Yorktown Tigers or the New Castle Trojans. Heights beat Yorktown in double overtime Jan. 18.