South Lakes outscored Herndon, 20-7, in the second period en route to a 75-57 AAA Great Falls District tournament semifinal victory last night. Washington-Lee got 16 second-half points from Crawford Palmer and defeated Madison, 68-53, in the other semifinal.

Seventh-ranked South Lakes (20-2) and Washington-Lee (18-4) will meet Friday night at South Lakes in the championship game. All four teams that played last night have advanced to next week's Northern Region Tournament.

After a 12-12 first quarter, South Lakes forced Herndon (9-13) into five turnovers and two of nine shooting and led, 32-19, at halftime. The Seahawks built their lead to 18 after Grant Hill (24 points, eight rebounds) scored seven of the first nine points in the second half.

Herndon closed to within 52-45 early in the fourth quarter. But South Lakes scored the next 12 points for a 64-45 lead with less than four minutes to play.

"The first quarter was like the first round of a boxing match -- both teams feeling each other out," said South Lakes Coach Wendell Byrd. "We were coming off a big win {Tuesday} and it was touch to continue that momentum, but we got into the flow in the second quarter."

South Lakes got 14 points from Jerome Scott and 12 each from David Jones and Rob Robinson, who played a strong game off the bench.

"We feel {Robinson} would start for a lot of schools, but he's much better off the bench for us," said Byrd. "He gives us a quicker lineup but he's also 6 feet 5 and gives us a different complexion . . . He's hard to match up with."

In the first game, Palmer scored 10 points and Jackie Moore had six in the third quarter as Washington-Lee expanded a one-point halftime lead to nine entering the fourth period. Madison cut the lead to seven with the first basket of the final period, but the Generals scored the next eight points for a 54-42 lead. The Warhawks never came closer than 11 points the rest of the way.

"We definitely wanted to go inside more in the second half," said Washington-Lee Coach Dale Bethel.

The Generals' defense played aggressively without committing fouls. Madison had just one foul shot and that came with less than a minute to play. Washington-Lee also forced 18 turnovers.