HINESVILLE, Ga.- The Coastal Empire Lady Monarchs punched their ticket to the 2019 Women's American Basketball Association championship game with a 98-84 win over the Midwest Sound in a semi-final contest played on October 12 at the Shuman Recreation Center.
TaQaundra Mike scored 12 of her team-high 19 points in the first half for the Monarchs while Naqaiyyah Teague scored 13 of her 17 points after intermission. Diamond Johnson netted 10 of her 14 points in the second half.
The Monarchs led 24-17 at the end of the first quarter and went into the half with a 38-33 lead.
Behind seven points from Teague and six more from Johnson, the Monarchs got some separation in the third quarter, out-scoring the Sound 33-25 as they took a 71-55 advantage into the fourth quarter.
The final quarter was close with Midwest Sound edging out the Monarchs 29-27.
The victory extends the Monarchs winning streak to ten games as they improve their record to 10-1.
Makhala Jackson added 15 points for the winners while Brianna Gipson chipped in 12 points.
Midwest Sound (9-1) was led by Victoria Smith who had a game-high 28 points and 11 rebounds.
The Monarchs will face the winner of the DC Cyclones vs. Mount Vernon Shamrocks who will play each other on Oct. 19.
The WABA finals will be played Oct. 26 in Newark, New Jersey at The Waterfront.