The top-seeded Licking, second-seeded Plato and third-seeded Dixon high school girls' basketball teams earned first-round victories in Monday's action of the Frisco League Tournament.
In Monday's first-round girls' game Licking clubbed eighth-seeded Iberia 46-35, Plato held off seventh-seeded Newburg 67-60 and Dixon got past sixth-seeded Stoutland 46-35.
Today Newburg is to play Richland at 5 p.m. in girls' consolation play. And in girls' semifinal games today Licking meets fifth-seeded Laquey at 6:30 p.m. while Dixon takes on Plato at 8 p.m.
In yesterday's boys' first-round games that were scheduled, top-seeded Iberia played eighth-seeded Stoutland, second-seeded Licking faced seventh-seeded Plato and third-seeded Dixon met sixth-seeded Crocker.
In Monday's girls' first-round action:
Licking 61, Iberia 27: The Lady Wildcats took a 10-3 lead after the first period and then outscored Iberia 16-11 in the second quarter to go into halftime up 26-14. Licking led 42-24 heading into the fourth quarter.
Junior post Bailie Osborne fired in 24 points and junior guard Megan Smith added 19 for Licking.
Mikala Green had 11 points for Iberia.
Licking (61): E. Smith 7, Littrell 5, Cook 2, M. Smith 19, Osborne 24, Storm 4.
Iberia (27): Duncan 10, Stiebel 2, Green 11, Ewers 2, Evans 2.
Plato 67, Newburg 60: The Lady Eagles had to struggle to get past the young Newburg Lady Wolves.
Plato led 22-15 after the first period and went into halftime up 23-13. Plato then outscored Newburg 19-4 in the third period and twice held as much as a 15-point lead.
However, the Lady Wolves charged back and cut their deficit to as little as four points. Newburg couldn't get any closer, however.
Junior forward Kaylea Kimrey scored a game-high 27 points to lead the Lady Eagles while junior forward Lexi McNiel went 10-for-10 at the free throw line and finished with 24 points.
Freshman forward Allyssa Dondlinger tallied 22 points and grabbed seven rebounds for Newburg while senior guard Renate Richardson had 14 points; freshman guard Riley Guffey 13 points and four assists, and junior forward Kelsey Austin nine rebounds.
Plato (67): McNiel 24, Hall 4, Baker 2, Kimrey 27, Fletcher 8, Roy 2.
Newburg (60): Guffey 13, Suschanke 2, VanPelt 4, Richardson 14, Austin 5, Dondlinger 22.
Dixon 46, Stoutland 35: The Dixon Lady Bulldogs held the lead throughout. Dixon took a 13-8 edge after the first period and then outscored Stoutland 18-11 in the second quarter to go into halftime up 31-19. It was 34-26 entering the fourth quarter.
Senior Mattie Whitaker scored 17 points to pace Dixon.
Sophomore post Alexa Willard led the Stoutland Lady Tigers with 19 points.
Dixon (46): Rickerson 6, Yoakum 1, Whitaker 17, Gilbert 9, Ray 9, Duncan 4.
Stoutland (35): Ash 9, Alicia Willard 7, Alexa Willard 19.