MOYERS — At the beginning of the 2017-18 season, the Springer Lady Cardinals set out goals they had to achieve this year.

MOYERS — At the beginning of the 2017-18 season, the Springer Lady Cardinals set out goals they had to achieve this year.

Friday night, those same individuals took a step closer to marking off something on their list.

Fueled by three players in double figures, along with a blistering 20-4 first quarter run, the Lady Cardinals managed to survive the opening round of the district tournament, defeating the Coleman Lady Wildcats 48-33 at Moyers High School.

The victory not only put Springer in the district championship against Moyers Saturday night, but assured the Lady Cardinals of a place in the regional tournament beginning next Thursday at Tupelo.

“Making it to regionals is big for these girls,” Springer coach Traci Dragg said. “There was a time when this program wasn’t getting close to regionals and we’d be eliminated in the first round. It’s always the goal to get past the first game, and we’re pretty excited right now.”

Springer’s offensive blitz in the first quarter took the Lady Wildcats by surprise, as Coleman struggled to find a rhythm on both ends of the floor.

At the end of the first half, it was the Lady Cardinals in control, leading 30-12.

However, the second half proved to be a little more difficult as the Lady Wildcats started to fight back.

Coleman managed to get within 16 points at 34-18 with 2:51 left in the third, but Springer was more than up to the challenge, eventually building a 40-20 advantage going into the fourth quarter.

Little by little, the Lady Wildcats tried to rally against Springer, but the clock wasn’t on the side of Coleman.

The closest the Lady Wildcats would get in the fourth quarter was 11 points at 44-33 with 2:38 remaining in regulation.

A simple 4-0 scoring run down the stretch sealed the victory for the Lady Cardinals, improving them to 15-8 on the season.

Jazmyn Powell led Springer with 14 points followed by Madison Mapp with 11 points.

Kamryn Sampson scored 10 points as the third Lady Cardinals player in double figures.

Kailee Lathum added six points, with Alle Schmidt scoring four points, and Marliena Amaya adding three points. 

Makenzie Martin led Coleman with 11 points. 

“Everything this year has made our team stronger,” Dragg said. “When everyone does their part, then we can be a lot of teams that way when we work the inside and outside game. We’ve been talking about how we’d love to add another banner that says Lady Cardinals in our new gym. Hopefully we can make that happen.” 

Springer’s regional tournament will begin on Thursday at Tupelo High School against either Bowlegs or Sasakwa beginning at either 1:30 or 6:30 p.m.

A victory Saturday night would see the Lady Cardinals play in the evening session Thursday.