"We played hard physically in the first half, but mentally we weren't in the game. We missed a ton of easy shots," said Chadwick coach Darin Meinders.
"Sometimes instead of just coming out and playing, kids let the game and the excitement get to them," said Meinders.
Meinders kept it simple during the intermission.
"I told them to just make easy shots," said Meinders.
Chadwick opened the second half with a 14-1 spurt, opening a 27-6 third quarter advantage en route to a dominating 70-39 win Tuesday night at Cabool.
"In the second half we really brought up our intensity and I thought we were physically and mentally in tune and really got after," said Meinders.
MSHSAA's single season 3-point record holder Maddie Hursh, who came in averaging 22 points per game, really got going in the third quarter.
After a six-point first half, Hursh poured in 13 in the third quarter alone. Kailyn Rozell added 11 of her 20 in the third quarter. Hursh would finish with a game-high 24.
Awaiting the Lady Cards in Saturday's quarterfinal is Naylor. The 17-7 Lady Eagles were a 65-51 winner over Scott Count Central on Tuesday night in Bloomfield.
We had someone there watching tonight. I will go over a few tapes tomorrow afternoon. At this time, it doesn't matter who you play. They will be a tough team and you have to bring your A-game. We've gotta drive four and a half hours and they've got to drive 40 minutes, but we'll be there for sure," said Meinders.
Saturday's quarterfinal is hosted by Dexter High School and will tip off at 2:45 p.m.
Chadwick 11-21-27-11 -- 70
Bunker 12-12-6-9 -- 39
Bunker: Gromer 13, Skaggs 8, Bland 9, Anderson 9.
Chadwick: Ruhland 8, Swindle 7, Stevens 8, Hursh 24, Rozell 20, Hicks 3.