Stow-Munroe Falls girls basketball had barely been challenged in its first two playoff games.

There was a bit more of a test during the first half of Stow's Division I district semifinal game Feb. 27 at St. Vincent-St. Mary in Akron.

Boardman actually had the lead for much of the first half against the Bulldogs.

In the second half, however, Stow found its most devastating form.

Stow outscored Boardman 36-3 to the second half, turning a close contest at halftime into a 60-21 rout.

Stow improved to 22-3 on the season and advanced to the district final at SVSM for the second straight year.

Stow will take on Canton McKinley March 2 at 7 p.m. in the district final. McKinley routed Walsh Jesuit 66-26 in the other semifinal at SVSM Feb. 27.

The Spartans attempted to slow down Stow early by using a four-corners offense to pull Stow out of its pack line defense.

The move, combined with some cold shooting from the Bulldogs, kept the contest close early, as it was tied 11-1 after one quarter.

Boardman guard Jenna Vivo was the focus of the Spartans' offense, as she scored 10 of Boardman's 18 first-half points.

Once Stow shifted guard Emily Andrassy onto Vivo defensively, he production dropped off.

Stow took the lead at the end of the first half, as forward Lauren Turschak hit her first three-pointer of the season just before the half.

Up 24-18 at halftime, Stow seemed to have the momentum on its side, but just how much was impossible to know.

Stow ran its offense through its forwards early in the third quarter. Turschak and Lizzy Stefanov responded by putting up the first eight points of the quarter.

Stow was just getting started, as the Bulldogs were able to completely shut down the Spartans' offense.

Stow finished with a 21-0 edge in the third quarter, giving them a 45-18 lead after three.

Although the Bulldogs' emptied their bench in the fourth, their defense didn't rest. A three-pointer from Lauren Gabrille early in the fourth quarter accounted for all of Boardman's second-half points.

Turschak led the Bulldogs with 14 points. Guard Theresa Parr added 13 points, while Stefanov had 12 points and nine rebounds.