Junior Jacob Harmon of LCA scores with a layup during the first quarter of Wednesday night's sectional game at Hamilton against Smith Academy. Photo by Gary Nieter, Times-Union
Junior Jacob Harmon of LCA scores with a layup during the first quarter of Wednesday night's sectional game at Hamilton against Smith Academy. Photo by Gary Nieter, Times-Union
HAMILTON – The Lakeland Christian Academy Cougars extended their win streak in a big way Wednesday night.

Playing Fort Wayne Smith Academy (8-15) in Class 1A Sectional 52 at Hamilton High School, the Cougars used a 12-0 run in the third quarter and cruised to a 63-40 win.

With its first IHSAA postseason victory in program history, LCA ran its win streak to six, improved to 13-11 on the season and advanced to Friday night’s 7:30 p.m. semifinal against No. 1 Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian.

Blackhawk improved to 22-2 with an 84-37 win over Bethany Christian in Wednesday’s other game.

Friday’s first semifinal game will feature Lakewood Park Christian (7-16) and the host Marines (2-20).

The championship game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, with the winner advancing to the Culver Community Regional.

En route to the 23-point win, LCA led 12-10 after one quarter of play, 24-19 at halftime and 44-29 heading into the final frame.

Leading 30-25, the Cougars put the game out of reach when they went separated themselves from FWSA?with a 12-0 run.

Josh McDaniel led LCA with a game-high 24 points, while Jake Harmon chipped in with 16 points.

Eli Raymond scored six points in the win, while Landon Twombly tallied five, Noah Twombly and Braxton Keller four each, and Landon Paris and Jeremy Gross two each.

The Cougars made eight three-pointers in the contest.

Justin Booker led FWSA with 14 points, while JaJuan Gordon and Khyree Barella scored 11 and eight points, respectively