Three-time Class 3A defending champion Morton scored 25 points in the first quarter to open postseason play in a 71-18 victory over Pontiac at the Herscher Regional on Tuesday night.

Tenley Dowell scored all 13 of her points in the first half, and senior point guard Josi Becker finished with 16, including four of the team's eight 3-pointers. Sophomore guard Lindsey Dullard scored 13 points.

The Potters (29-1) will take on Herscher (22-5) for the regional championship at 7 p.m. Thursday. Herscher beat Morris 45-35 in the other semifinal to advance to the title game.