ABILENE -- Lubbock-Cooper has found a recipe for postseason success and there isn’t any reason to change something that works so well.

For the second time in three days, the Lady Pirates staggered their opponent in the early going then reasserted control in the third quarter.

Bella Sipowicz

Lubbock-Cooper's Bella Sipowicz shoots a short jumper.

The challenge was considerably tougher this time against 7th-ranked Mansfield Legacy, but LCP didn’t blink Friday when things got tighter down the stretch.

As a result, the 6th-ranked Lady Pirates will play for the Class Region I championship next week for the first time since 2009.

Catalina Cortez helped light the fuse, Bella Sipowicz and Autumn Moore bolstered a key third quarter and Moore helped ice the victory from the foul stripe in a 59-54 victory.

The Lady Pirates (27-3) will play for a trip to the 5A Final 4 against either Plainview or Wichita Falls Rider. Those two teams clash Saturday.

Cooper led 24-12 after the first quarter, sparked by Cortez’s 8 points. Legacy (27-2) stormed back to close within 28-26 by halftime, but the Lady Pirates responded with a 19-6 edge in the third quarter.

In the game-turning frame, Sipowicz scored 8 points and Moore added 7. Calyn Dallas added 4 in the period then buried a 3-pointer that helped LCP stave off the Lady Broncos. Moore went 5-for-7 from the foul line to help nail down the win.

Moore led Cooper with 16 points, Dallas chimed in with 12 and Cortez supplied 10.

LCP girls celebration

LCP's Autumn Moore hoists the Class 5A regional semifinal trophy surrounded by her teammates.

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CLASS 5A REGIONAL SEMIFINAL

At Hardin-Simmons University | Abilene

LUBBOCK-COOPER 59, MANSFIELD LEGACY 54

Legacy      12    14    6      18    --     54

LCP           24    4      19    12    --     59

LEGACY (54) -- Savannah Catalon 5 8-11 20, Coniah Cooley 6 0-0 14, Sirviva Legions 3 0-1 6, Madison Griggs 4 2-2 10, Esther Daniels 1 0-0 2, Eryn Scott 1 0-0 2. Totals 20 10-14 54.

LUBBOCK-COOPER (59) -- Catalina Cortez 4 0-2 10, Calyn Dallas 5 0-0 12, Avrie Douglas 1 0-0 2, Autumn Moore 4 8-10 16, Bella Sipowicz 4 0-0 8, Hannah Zientek 1 1-1 4, Carissa Cortez 1 0-0 2, Thompson 1 3-4 5. Totals 22 9-13 59.

3-point goals -- Legacy 4 (Catalon 2, Cooley 2), LCP 5 (Catalina Cortez 2, Dallas 2, Zientek 1). Total fouls -- Legacy 15, LCP 14. Technical foul -- Legions. Records: Legacy 27-2, LCP 27-3. Up next: Class 5A Region I championship game – Lubbock-Cooper vs. Plainview/Wichita Falls Rider winner, TBD.