After last night's crushing 61-41 semifinal victory over fifth-seeded Zachary, East Ascension is one win away from bringing home its first ever girl's basketball state championship.

The East Ascension Lady Spartans are now 32 minutes away from making history.

After last night's crushing 61-41 semifinal victory over fifth-seeded Zachary, East Ascension is one win away from bringing home its first ever girl's basketball state championship.

The Lady Spartans had already achieved a lot before Thursday night's game tipped off.

When they upset top-seeded Barbe in the quarterfinals, it sent them to the state tournament for the first time in 25 years.

They surely didn't disappoint when they got there.

East Ascension dominated Zachary from the opening tip, en route to earning their 11th straight victory.

The Lady Spartans began the game on a 6-1 run and stretched their lead to 17-9 at the end of the first quarter.

The Lady Broncos were able to close the gap and get within 21-19 midway through the second, but Diniaa McZeal took over, scoring seven points in the final few minutes of the first half.

This surge allowed East Ascension to take a 33-19 lead into the break.

There was no second-half lapse.

The Lady Spartans began the third quarter with a 10-4 run that ballooned their advantage to 20.

From there, they cruised to a 20-point victory.

Tristen Washington led the way for East Ascension with a game-high 17, while McZeal followed close behind with 15. Aja Causey chipped in with nine.

The Lady Spartans held Zachary to just 28 percent shooting for the game.

The victory advanced East Ascension (23-2) to the state championship game against No. 7 Natchitoches Central (28-8).

Natchitoches Central beat sixth-seeded Captain Shreve, 49-41, in their semifinal game.

The Class 5A state title matchup will take place in the Rapides Parish Coliseum in Alexandria on Saturday night at 6 p.m.