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Wyoming East’s Emily Saunders shoots a jumper as Bridgeport’s Lauren Riffle defends.

Bridgeport girls basketball coach Dennis Hutson thought Wyoming East played defense at one level when he watched the Warriors on film. When the Indians took the court with Wyoming East on Thursday afternoon, he watched the Warriors play at a completely different level.

No. 7 seed Bridgeport could score no more than six points in just one of four quarters Thursday as second-seeded Wyoming East stifled the Indians in a 53-31 win in the Class AA state tournament quarterfinals at the Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center. That set up Wyoming (23-3) with a semifinal matchup against Wayne at 11:15 a.m. Friday.

“I thought Wyoming’s defense was a lot better than it looked like on film,” Hutson said. “Their on-ball defense was tremendous.”

The Indians (17-9) didn’t score until 2:30 remained in the first quarter and the Warriors had built a 9-0 lead. Emily Riggs’ 3-pointer ended the drought. There wasn’t much more scoring for Bridgeport in the first quarter as Wyoming East ended the period up 19-5.

Bridgeport rallied in the second quarter, outscoring Wyoming East 14-7 in that span to cut the Warriors’ lead to 26-19 at the half. However, the Warriors allowed the Indians to score just 12 more points the rest of the game. Bridgeport shot 11 for 38 (28.9 percent) for the contest.

“We had a lot of respect for Bridgeport,” Wyoming East coach Emily Boninsegna said. “We watched them on film and knew the guards were tough. We did a great job defending the ball.”

Brooke Russell scored a game-high 17 points for Wyoming East on 8-of-10 shooting, while Katie Daniels scored 11. Riggs scored 11 points for Bridgeport but was held to 4-of-11 shooting.

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