Fairview 6-0 junior center Olivia Mason scored a game-high 16 points as No. 6 Fairview dominated No. 7 Thomas from the outset, 53-35, to advance to the state championship game.
The Lady Jackets had defeated the Terriers by just one point in February. Haley Baker added 10 points for Fairview.
Fairview (28-2) knocked off previously unbeaten Oktaha in the first round on Thursday.
“Right now, we are actually peaking at the right time,” Fairview head coach Mike Barton said. “We've played the best basketball we've played all year long in these last two games.”
Fairview will meet Northeast Saturday at 2 p.m. in the state championship game at State Fair Arena. Northeast defeated defending state champ Snyder, 55-49, in the other semifinal on Friday night.
It will be a rematch of the area finals where the Lady Vikings edged Fairview, 35-32. It also will be a battle between Fairview's size vs. Northeast's speed.
The Lady Vikings do not have a starter taller than 5-7, while Fairview only has one starter smaller than 5-7.
“They are really athletic,” Barton said of Northeast. “They create shots for themselves. Even though they are 5-7, they are pretty long and play a lot bigger. It's going to be a tough one.”
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