Thursday night Circle advanced to the semifinals of the 25th Annual Lady Cat Classic with a 47-34 win over Campus in the opening round.

Circle got off to a slow start, as Campus was able to score on two set plays to start the game. After trailing 6-0, Circle was finally able to get on the board with 4:40 left in the first quarter thanks to a steal by Kelsie Kelly which led to an easy basket. After the first quarter, Campus led 10-6.

“I felt our awareness and communication on defense was lacking,” said Circle head coach Brian Henry.

“We struggled, especially in the first half, with covering screens.”

Circle rallied in the second quarter, as the Thunderbirds score the first seven points, and eventually grabbed a 22-17 lead at the half.

The Thunderbirds came out of the locker room and dominated the third quarter, outscoring the Colts 14-6. Jordan Hammer came off the bench and provided a spark for the T-Bird offense. Hammer scored eight straight points to help open up the Circle lead.

“Jordan was a huge lift for us off the bench,” said Henry.

“She brings a little more quickness in to the game for us. We were struggling to knock down shots early and she came in and did a great job of finishing at the rim and fighting for rebounds.”

Both teams scored 11 points in the final quarter, as Circle was able to move on with a 13-point victory.

Jordan Hammer led the team with 15 points off the bench. Carissa Beck added nine. Alyson Potter scored eight, and Kelsie Kelly finished with six. Camron Perry and Raegan Galloway each scored four.