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Braylee McMath had nine first-half points Friday to support another big day by Maaliya Owens, Morgan DeFoor and Malea Williams and give Scott County a convincing semifinal win at the Palm Beach Classic.

Scott County girls’ basketball is one win away from another tournament title far from home after Friday’s 84-60 rout of co-host Palm Beach Lakes in the Holiday Basketball Classic of the Palm Beaches.

What was an expected battle between a top-five team in Kentucky and the third-ranked team in Florida never came to fruition. The Lady Cards (11-0) dominated Lady Rams (10-2) in the same manner they’ve handled everyone else.

SC will face Palm Beach Gardens or Ramsay of Birmigham, Alabama, for the title at 4 p.m. Saturday. The Lady Cards trounced three teams to win the Arby’s Classic in Bristol, Tennessee, before Christmas.

Morgan DeFoor and Maaliya Owens ended the first and second quarters, respectively, with 3-pointers that crushed the hosts’ spirit. Each finished with 24 points.

“You could tell what kind of day this was going to be when Morgan got that look in her eyes early,” SC coach Steve Helton. “This was her kind of game. We were definitely out-athleted by this team, but as I’ve been saying all along, Kentucky basketball is just different with the way we come to play every day.”

Malea Williams added 11 points, 15 rebounds and five blocked shots for Scott County, which led 16-7 after one quarter, 48-25 at the half and 78-48 at the end of three,

The fourth quarter was plated with a running clock.

Keishmy Ayuso led all scores with 32 points for Palm Beach Lakes. Rashara Simmons added 17.

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“It’s kind of us against everyone down here,” Helton said. “I was told that Lakes and Gardens are rivals, but Gardens’ fans started rooting for Lakes, which I didn’t quite understand, and then so did everybody else. I think we kind of liked that.”

Braylee McMath added nine points, all in the first half, to go along with four assists. Kenady Tompkins contributed eight points, while Juliette Smith dished out five assists.

This story will be updated.

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