Kelsey Johnson

Benton senior Kelsey Johnson looks for an open teammate during the Cardinals’ sectional game versus St. Pius X on March 7.

Benton Cardinals girls basketball is headed to its third straight Class 4 state semifinals after defeating Nevada 53-45 in the quarterfinals.

Benton will head to Springfield, Missouri, for the MSHSAA Show-Me Showdown to face Central (Park Hills) next Thursday beginning at 4 p.m. The Cardinals reached the semifinals the two seasons prior to this season with their best finish being second place last year.

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