In Tuesday's first game, No. 1-seed Bell City cruised past No. 8 Zalma 92-40, then Lauren Lueders, the distaff member of Saxony Lutheran's squad, scored a team-high 22 points to lead the No. 4 Crusaders to a 76-69 victory over No. 5 Marquand.
No. 6 Oran provided the upset with a 63-50 win over No. 3 Oak Ridge, while in the nightcap, No. 7 Leopold gave top-seeded Delta a scare before the Bobcats pulled out a 63-60 win.
In Wednesday's semifinal round, Bell City meets Saxony at 6 p.m., Delta and Oran face off at 7:30.
The defending Class 1 champion Bell City Cubs began their run at another state title with a dominating win over Zalma.
Bell City (16-9), after a 7-6 start, cranked it up. The Cubs went on a 21-2 run to close the first quarter up 28-8. They extended the margin to 47 for a 65
-18 halftime advantage.
The ball-hawking Cubs forced a whopping 26 Zalma turnovers.
Twelve Cubs hit the scoring column, led by freshman guard D.D. Gillespie with 20. Juniors Jeff Liggins and Kerry Lasters added 15 and 11, respectively.
Tim Lansing led the Bulldogs with 12.
Lueders knocked down three 3-pointers in the third quarter to help Saxony gain a 54-47 advantage after the teams went into the halftime intermission deadlocked at 35.
Saxony sank 11 of 15 fourth-quarter free-throw attempts to fend off the Tigers.
Joining Lueders in double figures were Alex Jauch (17), Casey Petzoldt (16) and Tim Lorenz (14).
Josh King poured in a game-high 35 points for Marquand.
Oran's season-long work ethic paid dividends with the upset of Oak Ridge. Although the young Eagles were only 3-18 coming in, they never failed to give coach Jason Andrews a determined effort.
Trailing throughout the contest, the Eagles finally gained their first lead at 34-33 with 3:52 to go in the third quarter.
After Oak Ridge reclaimed the lead at 35-34, Oran went on a 6-0 run for a little breathing room at 40-35, then maintained that margin for a 45-40 edge as the third period expired.
A 3-pointer by the Eagles' Steven Mock to open the fourth quarter provided the spark for an 11-0 run which signaled the deathknell for the Bluejays.
The sophomore trio of Robert Lange (14), Mock (13) and Hunter Glastetter (10) led Oran's scoring.
Austin Hahs (14), Austin Morrison (13) and Jon McMillan (12) topped the Bluejays.
Delta found itself locked in a 57-all tie with Leopold at the 1:57 mark of the fourth quarter.
A tight game throughout, the Bobcats led 16-15 after the first period, 31-30 at the half.
Leopold, led by 10 third-quarter points from Eric Seiler, took a 51-46 lead into the fourth quarter.
However, Delta capitalized at the free-throw line down the stretch, hitting 10 of 13 as Leopold lost three starters by foul disqualification in the period.
For the game, the Bobcats held a huge 24-point advantage from the charity stripe. Delta was 29-of-37, Leopold 5-of-8.
Brent Menz topped Delta with 21 points, Kevin Bartels had 19.
Victor Vandeven paced the Wildcats with 20 and Seiler added 16.