Rindy Marquez led all scorers with 14 points and went 4-4 from three-point range.
Rindy Marquez led all scorers with 14 points and went 4-4 from three-point range.

That is the type of performance Independence Lady Bulldog head coach Dale Reynolds had been looking for all year long.

Indy took down Chanute 55-25 to move on to the sub-state finals Friday night where they will face off with the No. 9 Labette County Lady Grizzlies at 6 p.m. at Independence High School.

And while it is hard to point to a win over a 4-16 Chanute Lady Blue Comets team, it would be hard to imagine the Lady Bulldogs losing to much of anyone in the SEK with the way they played Friday.

In a year which the Lady Bulldogs have struggled mightily shooting both from inside and beyond the arc, Indy shot 53 percent from the floor (18-34) and 56 percent from three-point range (5-9).

They got to the free throw line 22 times, they won the rebounding battle and they got contributions from their bench as Taylor Howland, Alex Keller and Raygan Cunningham combined to score 11 points as well as add even more as did a lot of the other bench players as well.

It doesn’t matter what Chanute’s record was, Indy played absolutely fantastic, and in all honesty, if they play like that versus Labette County Saturday night, they will come away with a win on their home court.

“We played real well tonight,” Reynolds said. “We executed the game plan well, played a solid four quarters, and other than those two minutes at the end of the second quarter we played really, really outstanding all night.”

But when it comes down to it, when the Lady Bulldogs are at full strength they are going to be able to compete with Labette County.

That also takes into account staying out of foul trouble, but when Indy was both at full strength and out of foul trouble they beat Labette County on their home court to end the first half of SEK play.

A big difference in that win though was how Indy shot the ball. In that game they shot 41 percent from the field, but more importantly they shot 35 percent from three-point range which was more than 15 percent better than their season average at the time.

If they shoot that well they have a chance to beat Labette Saturday, but if they shoot 55 percent again they will win.

But that also takes into account that they are able to contain Tristan Gegg, the all-time leading scorer in Labette County history.

Notice we didn’t say shut her down, and that is because there is no shutting down Gegg. She’s that good. But if Indy can keep her under 25 points they give themselves a great chance to win. In Labette’s two wins over Indy this season Gegg has scored more than 30 points. In Indy’s win she had 21.

Slowing her down will honestly be priority No. 1 from the get-go.

“It’s really about how we defend them,” Reynolds said. “We’re going to have to make shots too, and when we have opportunities we’re going to have to take advantage of them when we have them, but defensively shutting down their players is the priority.

“We’ve got to make sure Gegg doesn’t go off for a lot of points and we’ve got to make sure the other kids are kept under 10, so it’s going to be a good game and hopefully we get a lot of people out here to support us, it will be a lot of fun.”

Indy and Labette County face off at 6 p.m. Saturday night at Independence High School. The winner moves on to state. The loser goes home.