Salmen defeats Karr 66-57, advances to Class 4A girls basketball championship game _lowres

Advocate photo by Buddy Delahoussaye- Kayla Sibley called for the charge in the Top 28 girls basketball championships at Burton Coliseum on Wednesday, March 4, 2015.

Salmen will go for its third consecutive Class 4A state championship after beating Edna Karr 66-57 on Thursday in the semifinals at Burton Coliseum.

Tiara Warren scored a team-high 19 points and Arianna Cooks had 18 for the No. 2 Spartans (27-4).

Kalani Brown, a McDonald’s All-American and Baylor signee, scored 16 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.

Salmen (27-4) will play No. 1 Easton (32-1) in a rematch of the 2014 title game that the Spartans won 56-48.

Thursday’s victory may have come with a cost though.

Senior forward Deja Starks left the game with an injury to right leg midway through the fourth quarter. She later returned to the bench on crutches.

Destiny Collins scored 16 points and Rehema Franklin had 12 for the Cougars (29-4), whose four losses came against Easton (twice) and Salmen (twice).