Four teams entered Blue Jay Gym in Washington Saturday and two left with their tickets punched to the Class 4 Final Four in Springfield.
Defending girls basketball champion Incarnate Word (25-5) earned a ninth consecutive trip to the Final Four with a 58-43 win in Saturday’s state quarterfinal against MICDS (24-5).
In the boys’ quarterfinal, Jennings (27-3) overcame a four-point halftime deficit to defeat Parkway Central (24-6) in overtime, 77-74.
Semifinal games in the tournament begin Friday at Missouri State’s JQH Arena.
Girls action begins at 2:30 p.m. with Miller Career Academy (18-9) taking on Carl Junction (25-3).
Incarnate Word’s Red Knights play Kearney (26-3) in the second semifinal at 4:15 p.m.
The boys semifinals tip off with Sikeston (27-2) taking on Grandview (26-3) at 6 p.m.
Jennings then plays Raytown South (24-5) in the last semifinal game at 7:45 p.m.
The girls third-place game tips off Saturday at 11 a.m.
The boys third-place game follows at 12:50 p.m.
In between the Class 4 third-place and championship games, the Class 5 girls championship begins at 2:40 p.m. and the Class 5 boys championship starts at 4:30 p.m.
The Class 4 girls championship takes place at 6:20 p.m. Saturday.
The Class 4 boys championship follows with a 8:10 p.m. tip-off.
The Red Knights continued their streak of consecutive Final Four appearances with a decisive quarterfinal win.
MICDS was the last team to defeat Incarnate Word in the state tournament, doing so in the 2016 semifinals.
Saturday, Incarnate Word took a 15-11 lead after one quarter and led 27-24 at the half.
After an 11-5 third-quarter in the Red Knights’ favor, Incarnate Word held a 38-29 lead going into the final period.
Incarnate Word put the game away with 20 points in the fourth quarter.
Sonya Morris led the Red Knights in scoring with 18 points.
Teammates Marisa Warren and Nakayla Jackson-Morris contributed 17 points and 12 points respectively.
Tyler Flowers added seven points for Incarnate Word.
Rickie Woltman and Kate Rolfes contributed two points apiece.
For MICDS, sectional round hero Jordyn Brooks led the way with 14 points.
Kayla Work also got into double figures with 12 points.
Other scorers included Lindsay Parks (eight points), Jessica Brooks (seven) and Landys Hughes (two).
It was the Kyle Younge Jr. show for Jennings Saturday.
Younge led the Warriors to the Final Four by scoring 44 points against Parkway Central.
Terran Jackson was next for the Warriors with 14 points.
Elijah Hicks added nine points, Jalen Carrawell eight and Jordan Brown two.
Parkway Central held a 16-12 advantage after one quarter.
Younge’s buzzer beater from half court at the end of the second quarter kept it a four-point game at the intermission as the Colts led, 34-30.
Jennings took control in the third quarter, outscoring Parkway Central 24-14, taking a 54-48 advantage into the final eight minutes.
The Colts charged back to tie the game at 61 at the end of regulation.
In overtime, Jennings outscored Parkway Central 16-13 to advance to the Final Four for the first time since 2000.
For Parkway Central, star senior guard Deandre Campbell led the team with 20 points.
Three other Colts got into double figures in the contest — Devion Harris (16 points), Arther Green (10) and Jake Silvestri (10).
Rounding out the Parkway Central scoresheet were Gerald Lenoir (eight points), Romello Ball (four), Devin Rice (four) and Jayden Littlejohn (two).