Forsan, Grady and Garden City girls all advance in playoffs

ForsanROBERT LEE — Forsan (24-9) outscored area playoff opponent Christoval in three-of-four quarters Friday as it came home the 43-32 victor after pulling away from the Lady Cougars in the second half of play. Brittney Hergert shot a game-high 17 points for the Lady Buffaloes. Raegan Haggard put up 11 and Mary-Ashley McDaniel and Ali Knight each accounted for six.Defense — once again — was the key to win, according to FHS Head Coach Lindsey Schmidt.“We played well defensively,” Schmidt said of her team's performance. “I think we had 26 steals as a team. For a while it seemed we just couldn't put the ball in the basket. But they went out and did a good job in the second half, I'm proud of them for that.”Nerves may have played a role in the young team's shakiness at times, but by the second half, they settled down. Brittney Hergert — who only added three points in the first half — came out in the second half and chipped in 14, as well as had six steals.“She came in off the bench and really stepped it up for us,” Schmidt said. “Hopefully they have that nervousness out of their systems. And next we have Plains, who we have played before, so that may help, too.”It could help, considering the two squads have already met twice in district play this season. But considering Forsan lost both outings, Schmidt is trying to concoct a new game plan.“We're just taking it day by day,” Schmidt added. “But we've got to come up with a way to slow down their offense. We will spend the week tweaking some things.”The game against Plains is slated for Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Wolfforth-Frenship.GradyIMPERIAL — The No. 8 Lady Wildcats have been dominant on the court since the start of the season, racking up an impressive 26-5 record and goping undefeated in district play.Their most recent victim came in the form of Balmorhea, which Grady defeated in a 63-34 rout in the area playoff round Friday.The Lady Wildcats smothered the Lady Bears, holding them to just four points in the first quarter. That would set the pace for GHS, as Balmorhea never threatened with a rally. Once again, Ellyn Avery put up a game-high 26 points, Cayley Oppegard chipped in 10 and Savannah Sawyer added eight in the win.Grady will be traveling to Seminole on Tuesday to meet Borden County. Tip off is slated for 6 p.m.Garden CityBALLINGER — The Halfmann sisters stuck again, combining for 34 points in the No. 13 LadyKats' 55-15 shellacking of May on Friday during the area round of Class A, DII playoff action. Garden City (27-5) made 9-of-11 free throws and never allowed the Lady Tigers in the game after a 15-0 shutout in the first quarter of play.The LadyKats will be playing the winner of the Priddy-Sterling City game. Location and time are to be announced.