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Silver Creek outlasted unranked Tri-West for a 59-43 victory Saturday afternoon in the Class 3A Jeffersonville Semistate to earn its first trip to the state championship game.  

JEFFERSONVILLE — Silver Creek is headed to the IHSAA State Finals. 

The No. 1 Dragons outlasted unranked Tri-West for a 59-43 victory Saturday afternoon in the Class 3A Jeffersonville Semistate to earn their first trip to the state championship game.  

Silver Creek (24-3) will face eighth-ranked South Bend Washington at 3:30 p.m. next Saturday in the State Finals at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The Panthers advanced with a 61-40 victory over No. 6 Norwell in the LaPorte Semistate on Saturday. 

Junior point guard Kynidi Striverson scored a game-high 16 points to go along with eight rebounds, three assists and three steals to lead the Dragons, who got off to a fast start against the Bruins. 

Creek led 15-6 at the end of the first quarter and 32-20 at halftime before Tri-West battled back in the third period, outscoring the Dragons 11-7 to get within 39-31 heading into the final frame. 

The Bruins got within six in the fourth quarter before Creek closed the game with a decisive run. 

Senior Alana Striverson, Kynidi's sister, added 13 points while senior guard Jaclyn Emly netted 11 points and six rebounds. Senior forward Marissa Gasaway struggled shooting the ball, going 3 for 13 for six points, but she dominated the backboards, collecting 20 rebounds. 

Adrie Thompson tallied 16 points to pace Tri -West (17-7). 

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Silver Creek players celebrate when receiving the semistate trophy after their 59-43 victory over Tri-West in the Class 3A Jeffersonville Semistate championship on Saturday afternoon.

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SILVER CREEK 59, TRI-WEST 43

Silver Creek     15     17       7     20 — 59

Tri-West            6      14     11     12 — 43

     Silver Creek (24-3): Marissa Gasaway 6, Kynidi Striverson 18, Jaclyn Emly 11, Alana Striverson 13, Emme Rooney 3, Sydney Sierota 2, Savannah Kirchgessner 5, Abby Grimm 1. 

     Tri-West (17-7): Adrie Thompson 16, Grace Sandlin 7, Isabelle Staylor 4, Kenna Kirby 7, Makenna Brauman 9. 

     3-point field goals: Silver Creek 7 (Emly 2, A. Striverson 2, Kirchgessner, Rooney, K. Striverson); Tri-West 3 (Brauman, Kirby, Saylor). 

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