Defending champion Applewood Christian returned to the championship bracket of the National Christian/Homeschool Girls Basketball Tournament with a 54-34 win over the Dallas Spartans on Wednesday in Springfield.
The Lady Mustangs (2-0 in the tournament) held quarter leads of 27-7, 32-15 and 47-27.
Meredith Crosier led the way with 22 points and 11 rebounds, Katie Reickhoff added 15 points, and seventh-grader Aleea Magraf had a career-high 11 points to go along with five steals.
The Lady Mustangs are playing without starter Miranda Crosier, who tore her ACL in a regional tournament game last week.
Applewood will open championship bracket play against the host school, the Southern Missouri Rush, at 5:10 p.m. Thursday. In the regular season, the Lady Mustangs beat the Rush 52-32.