Top-ranked Bishop Heelan is off to a good start in the Class 4A tournament.
The Crusaders got strong games from Megan McCarthy and MaKayla Augustine in rolling past Dubuque Wahlert 63-47 to advance to the semifinal round.
McCarthy scored 21 points on 8-for-11 shooting and showed some versatility in knocking down two 3-pointers and a medium range jumper while also working under the basket. She led her team with seven rebounds.
"It is a big game to get past," Augustine said. "A lot of us were anxious and nervous. It's like we just want to play, but it's a big win under our belt."
"I haven't attempted a lot of three point shots the whole season and I just kind of threw it out there," McCarthy said. "I don't really know where it came from, but it was good."
Augustine scored 14 points and had six of the Crusaders' 19 steals. Jenna Bork added nine points and five steals.
Heelan led from the start and often scored quickly in transition. The Crusaders finished with 12 fastbreak points to none for Wahlert.
Wahlert made a run in the third quarter, drawing to 38-35, but Augustine countered with back-to-back 3-pointers, triggering a 10-2 run that stretched the lead to 48-37.
"Once they got a flow and Megan starts making shots, they all fed off it and everyone got in their comfort zone," Head Coach Darron Koolstra said.
Heelan, in the tournament for the fifth time since 2008, will take a 13-game winning streak and a 21-3 record into a semifinal game against Cedar Rapids Xavier at 8:30 p.m. Thursday.
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