BUTTE -- Billings Central put together a big second half Friday to defeat Browning 50-36 and advance to the championship game of the Class A girls state basketball tournament.
Allie Lucas scored 20 of her 22 points in the second half to lead a Central team that shot 44 percent from the floor and scored 29 points in the final 16 minutes. Lucas hit three second-half 3-pointers.
Justyn Juhl started hot, scoring 11 of her 17 points in the first quarter. But Central (16-7) led by just three points at halftime.
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Marti Eagle Feathers led Browning (12-11) with 15 points, but the Indians shot just 26 percent from the floor and were 0 for 11 from 3-point range.
Sammy Elliott had a game-high 14 rebounds for the Rams, who will play in the championship game for the third time in the past four seasons.