The Monticello Lady Sages did just enough Wednesday to hold on a beat Bismarck-Henning 33-23 and advance to a Regional final from Georgetown Ridge Farm in Class 2A girls basketball postseason action.
The Lady Blue Devils slowed the pace of the game down and it reflected in a slow first half, with a score after 16 minutes of 15-12.
The Lady Sages however, turned up the defensive pressure in the third quarter and got some shots to fall, and opened up a 26-15 advantage at one point in the fourth quarter.
The Lady Blue Devils would not go away quietly. Emily Meidel scored eight of game high 17 points in the fourth quarter, to allow Bismarck-Henning to hang around. She shot eight of her 13 free throw attempts in the final period, and finished 9-for-13 from the foul line.
Bismarck-Henning took away leading scorer Zanna Myers for most of the game, however, Jayna Burger and Chloe Clark provided enough offense for the Lady Sages to get by, leading the way with eight points apiece.
Emily Wilson added 7 points, including a crucial takeaway and fast break layup in the final moments of the first half, and expanded the Monticello advantage to 15-12 at the half.
Tatum McCall and Myers each scored four points.
The Lady Blue Devils finis their season 25-7 overall.
The Lady Sages are now 20-4 and will take on Oakwood for the Regional title Friday night at 7 pm. Hear the action on 95.9 FM WEZC and online at dewittdailynews.com.