The third-seeded Lady Owls got off to a 12-3 start, most of the damage done at the free-throw line -- where they made eight of 10 attempts during the first quarter. After the Lady Falcons trimmed the margin to seven points at halftime, Marshall pulled away behind a pair of three-pointers from sophomore Molly Evans to head into the final frame with an 11-point cushion and allowed only six points during the period.
Senior Caitlin Wells scored 11 points to pace Fayette (5-12).
Junior Karson Heying had 14 points, with senior Stephanie Markes and junior Payton Beeler combining for 11, for the Lady Owls (10-5) -- who take on No. 2 seed Sacred Heart in today's semifinal round.
Junior Mary Anne Boston scored six of her team-high 16 points during the fourth quarter Wednesday as Slater held off Pilot Grove for a 53-47 consolation semifinal victory.
The Lady Wildcats entered the period clinging to a three-point lead before junior Shay Babcock unloaded a pair of bombs. Slater sank four of seven free throws down the stretch to preserve the win.
Sophomore Kerrigan Wessing had 19 points and sophomore Melissa Schlotzhauer 18 for the Lady Tigers (5-11).
The Lady 'Cats got 14 points and 15 rebounds from junior Mary Rose Gonzalez, with Babcock adding 12 points and senior Sylvia Knox dishing out eight assists. Slater (9-10) will play for the consolation trophy Friday against the winner of today's contest between Fayette and Higginsville.
The Marshall boys were unable to make up a fourth-quarter deficit for the second time this season against Sacred Heart, losing to the fourth-ranked team in Class 2 in the first round Tuesday, 59-56.
The Gremlins came out of the gate strong for an 11-point first-quarter lead, but that margin was down to four points at the break. Despite three long jumpers by sophomore Conner Cooley, the Owls lost more ground again during the third quarter by yielding 20 points -- eight to freshman Riley Simmons.
Although Sacred Heart didn't make a field goal during the final stanza, it sank nine of 12 attempts from the charity stripe to maintain the lead. Marshall trailed by a point down the stretch, but couldn't make a bucket and sophomore Chase Lyles sank two from the line for the Gremlins.
The Owls got the ball back with 17 seconds remaining, but were unable to score.
Lyles scored 19 points for third-seeded Sacred Heart (13-2), which will meet No. 2 seed Glasgow -- ranked eighth in Class 1 -- in today's semifinal.
Cooley finished with 20 points and junior Zach Glassmaker had 10 for Marshall (6-9), which meets Santa Fe in the consolation semi today.
Junior Joel Monnig's 23 points lead Glasgow to a 54-51 first-round decision over Santa Fe on Tuesday.
The Yellowjackets had a hard time shaking the underdogs, leading by only four points at halftime and by six heading into the fourth quarter. The Chiefs missed three tries from three-point range during the final 50 seconds, while senior Jimmie Wilson provided the final margin with a free throw at the 25-second mark for Glasgow (13-2).
Senior Chad Tieman and sophomore Truman Sleeper each scored 12 points for Santa Fe (9-7).
Pilot Grove closed Wednesday's consolation semifinal with a 21-11 run to hold off Slater, 52-39.
The Wildcats had cut a seven-point halftime deficit to three points going into the fourth period, but the Tigers made 10 of 15 freebies to fend off the Purple rally.
Pilot Grove (13-4) had four players in double figures, led by freshman Mason Schlotzhauer's 14 points.
Slater (4-14) got 13 points from junior Mat Curren and 11 from junior Caleb Pemberton. The 'Cats will play for seventh place Friday against the loser of today's tilt between Marshall and Santa Fe.