MOBILE, Alabama -- Ashley Chapman tallied a game-high 37 points, while Jewel Hill added 14, as Class 1A No. 2 ranked St. Luke's knocked off visiting Akron 73-42 Thursday evening in a Class 1A sub-regional matchup.
The Wildcats (20-6) now move on to the South Regional in Dothan for the second consecutive year with the victory. The Rams end the season at 16-9.
St. Luke's coach Christine Zoghby said that Chapman was in a zone during the game.
"She broke her career high in points tonight," said Zoghby of Chapman. "She was finishing everything that she put up around the rim. She's been working hard on her inside game (and it paid off tonight). I think our whole team is coming along now at the right time. I have three seniors this year that are extremely motivated and are pushing this team very hard.
"We lost in the regional finals a year ago to Brantley, and I think we're going in this year with a chip on our shoulder. I think that year of experience that we have now is good, our players know what it takes and we are stronger than we were a year ago. I think this group is ready to do it."
The Wildcats started strong, going up 8-0 and eventually taking a 20-10 lead at the end of the opening quarter.
"We were very focused," said Zoghby of her team. "We had a quick start and got after them in full court, we forced turnovers and then were able to finish underneath the basket."
Zoghby said getting turnovers and then converting them into easy buckets was huge.
"The biggest part of our game tonight was our transition game," said Zoghby. "We knew that this team was going to make us play fast and I thought we were able to do that. We were able to handle their pressure and find the open man."
By halftime, St. Luke's was ahead 40-21 while the Wildcats opened up a 56-28 lead entering the final quarter.
Zoghby said the Rams fought hard. "They're extremely athletic," said Zoghby. "They came into the game with a record that was a lot like ours."
For Akron, DeQuandra Lyles had 19 points.