Transy women barrel past Manchester in HCAC semis

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LEXINGTON, Ky. - Transylvania barreled into the Heartland Conference Tournament finals Saturday with a convincing 86-55 romp over Manchester in women's basketball action at the Beck Center.

The Pioneer (21-5) led by 18 points at halftime, then used a 30-2 blitz over the first 10 minutes of the second half to overpower the Spartans (11-16), who had to defeat Defiance on Friday to get into the semfinals. Franklin played Hanover later on Saturday with the winner facing Transy in the HCAC Championship game at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Transy will take a five-game winning streak into the championship game.

Transy was 28 of 48 (58 percent) from the field for the game, which included a smoking 12 of 18 in the second half. In comparison, Manchster hit just 29 percent of its second half shots and 20 of 63 (32 percent) for the game.

Transy placed five players in double figures, led by Madisen Webb, who had 18 points to go with six rebounds and two assists. She was six of eight from behind the arc, leading the Pioneers 12 of 17 effort from long range. Nicole Coffman added 17 points, hitting seven of 10 from the field, and Alex McKenzie chipped in with 14 points and six rebounds. Katelyn Smith had 13 points, five rebounds, and three assists while Alex Botkinnotched 10 points and four rebunds. 

Transy, which converted 18 of 20 free throws,  also got six points off the bench from Kayla Dobson.

Manchester was led by Justine Kruger, who had 11 points, and Erynn Meiklejohn, who added nine.

Transy led by 18, 45-27, at intermission. Although the score was tied four times, Manchester never led.

Nine of the 12 Pioneers who got into the contest scored.

The winner of Sunday's championship game will get the Heartland Conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championship. The field will be announced on Monday. Transy is looking for its first tournament berth since 2009.