Lincoln Christian trailed 24-18 to Malcolm at halftime, before opening the third quarter on a 13-0 run in the Crusaders' 42-31 win in a girls basketball C1-2 subdistrict Tuesday at Lincoln East.
The Crusaders, ranked No. 5 in Class C-1, outscored the Clippers 24-7 in the second half to earn a spot in Thursday's final against Milford.
"Malcolm came out hot and hit a high percentage of shots in the first quarter," Lincoln Christian coach Nick Orduna said. "Because of foul trouble, we switched to zone defense and it cooled down their shooters."
Olivia Hollenbeck led Christian with 15 points and Makylee Ailes chipped in 12 points. Brooklyn Minzel scored 11 points to lead Malcolm.
The Crusaders will face Milford at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Lincoln East.
"We have a great true post in Olivia Hollenbeck, but we need to be balanced against Milford," Orduna said. "We need to score outside, create offense with our defense and keep building momentum.
"We have had a great finish to our season so far and we want to continue to play good basketball."
Milford 50, Lincoln Lutheran 42: No. 9 Milford took down Lincoln Lutheran behind a first-half push and a three-point barrage by Nevaeh Stauffer.
"Jumping on them early was huge," Milford coach Phil Stauffer said.
"Nevaeh shooting the ball extremely well just put us in a good position early."
Lincoln Lutheran trailed Milford 31-21 at the half.
Hannah Kepler led the Eagles with 15 points, while Gretchen Moll scored 17 points for Lincoln Lutheran in the losing effort.
"Our girls are just happy to be playing Christian in this big game," Stauffer said.
"These are the big games that we want to be in."