KOKOMO - The Sheridan Blackhawks girls' basketball completed step one of their mission to win a sectional title by defeating the Taylor Titans 47-28 on Wednesday night.

Stifling defense and rebounding played a large factor in the Blackhawks (17-6) win over the Tians (11-11).

It's just the eighth time this season that the Blackhawks have given up 30 or fewer points to opponents. It'll be tough for the Blackhawks to match the amazing defensive performance they gave against Fall Creek Academy on Dec. 8 of last year. The Blackhawks only gave up nine points in that contest.

However, the defensive pressure didn't kick in from the get go. The Blackhawks jumped out to an early 12-9 lead after one quarter of play but didn't ramp up the intensity until the second.

They held the Titans to just two points in the second quarter all while dropping 14 points of their own to extend their lead to 15 before the halftime break.

A role reversal took place in the second half with the Titans beginning to mount a comeback in the third quarter. They scored 13 points while holding the Blackhawks to just five and were able to cut the Blackhawks' lead to just seven.

Yet that comeback was stopped short after the Blackhawks clamped down on defense and held the Titans to just four points in the final period. They also scored 16 points in the quarter to really drive home the victory.

Brittany Welch led the Blackhawks with 17 points. She shot 58 percent from the field and was 8 of 9 from two-point field goal range and grabbed six rebounds for the Blackhawks.

Audrey Reed chipped in 10 points for the Blackhawks. She went perfect from the charity stripe for the bulk of her points. She also pulled down six rebounds for the Hawks.

The Blackhawks will play the Tipton Blue Devils this Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Taylor High School. The Blue Devils (12-11) defeated Madison-Grant to move on to the semifinal round. The Blue Devils defeated the Blackhawks earlier in the season by a score of 54-53.