At Charter Oak, Taya Thomas and Caylie Boyle combined for 28 points, as the Lady Bobcats advanced past Whiting with a 57-36 triumph over the visiting Warriors.
Charter Oak-Ute’s 21-point win on Thursday night snapped a five-game losing streak, as the Lady Bobcats improved to 11-11 overall.
With the win, CO-U will now get a regional quarterfinal rematch with Westwood, Sloan tonight (Tuesday) at Sloan at 7 p.m.
Westwood, which beat West Harrison (76-17) on Thursday night, defeated CO-U (46-38) in the second round of regionals a year ago at Sloan.
CO-U and Whiting were tied at 9-9 after the first quarter, but the hosts outscored the Warriors 22-8 in the second to take a 31-17 lead at halftime.
It was 46-28 going into the fourth.
Thomas paced CO-U with 18 points, sinking four three-point baskets, adding three steals and two boards.
Boyle followed with 10 points, two boards, two assists, two steals and two blocks.
Casey Carstens contributed nine points, 13 boards and three steals.
Tori Nuzum also had nine points, six assists, five boards, three steals and one block, while MaKenzie Smith tallied nine points with three boards.
Smith scored six of her nine on two, three-point baskets in the second quarter.
"We started off a bit slow, but cranked up the pressure in the second quarter and that helped us take off a little more on offense," commented Charter Oak-Ute coach Derek Dougherty.
"Smith’s two three-pointers were big. Our pressure up front from Thomas, Nuzum and Jennifer Stallons forced some turnovers that created some points."
"We had contributions from everyone tonight, which was good to see as we started regional play," noted Dougherty, whose team beat Whiting for the second time this season, following up a 59-28 victory back on December 5 at Charter Oak.
Thursday’s game was the final high school basketball game played at Charter Oak, as CO-U will enter into a whole-grade sharing agreement with Maple Valley/Anthon-Oto at the high school level to start the 2017-18 school year.