HAMMOND — The third time was definitely the charm for the Anacoco Lady Indians ... in a couple of ways.

HAMMOND — The third time was definitely the charm for the Anacoco Lady Indians ... in a couple of ways.

A trio of Lady Indians scored in double figures, while Fairview shot just 22 percent from the floor as third-ranked Anacoco beat the second-seeded Lady Panthers in the University Center on Monday in the Class B semifinals, 54-36.

“This is my first time talking here after a win,” Anacoco head coach Michele Goins said with a sigh of relief. “We wanted to be stronger together and we found each other this week.”

Anacoco (26-7) had been struggling in its first two playoff games and a “come-to-Jesus” meeting on Saturday morning at AHS seemed to have put some things into perspective for the Lady Indians.

“We decided to finally come together,” Goins said.

And come together they did.

The Lady Indians and Fairview (39-3), in their third game against each other this season, were battling closely early on, tied at 9-9.

However, a knee injury to Fairview junior point guard Maddisen Martin shocked the Lady Panther lineup, allowing Anacoco to take advantage, moving out to a 27-16 lead at the halftime intermission.

“When you lose your best defender, your second-leading scorer, your point guard and your third-leading rebounder, it’s tough,” Fairview head coach Kyle Jinks said. “You cannot replace a Maddisen Martin. But take nothing away from Anacoco. They took advantage and played very well.”

The Lady Indians eventually stretched the lead out to 19 points during the third quarter, only to see Fairview fight back, climbing to within 10 points before going back up by 14 points entering the fourth period, 42-28.

Fairview got no closer than 12 points the rest of the way as the Lady Indians advanced to the final for the first time since 2002 and the first time in three trips to the state semifinals over the past four years.

Senior Whitney Goins had 13 points, 12 rebounds and five blocked shots in the contest for the Lady Indians, while Annabelle Sellers contributed 13 points and 11 rebounds in the win.

Senior Allie Haymon knocked down three 3-pointers en route to 11 points for Anacoco.

Senior McNeese State commit Callie Maddox finished with 18 points, 16 rebounds and three blocked shots for the Lady Panthers in the loss.

Game time for the Class B finals will be 2 p.m. Friday, from the University Center in Hammond.