The Casper College women's basketball team got the separation it needed in the first quarter during Friday's semifinals of the Region IX tournament.
The 13th-ranked Thunderbirds (30-2) led Miles Community College 13-8 after the opening 10 minutes and the two teams played on near-even terms after that as the T-Birds advanced to the championship game with a 60-56 victory over Miles Community College.
Casper College will face Western Nebraska Community College, a 67-62 winner over Northwest College, in the title game at Swede Erickson Thunderbird Gym. Tip-off is set for 4 p.m.
The T-Birds and the Cougars split their two games during the season.
Ashlie Larson led the T-Birds with 14 points and Paula Orenes Sanchez added 13. Lucie Hoskova and Emily Robertson pitched in nine and eight, respectively, in addition to eight rebounds apiece.