The Hickory girls improved to 24-0 on the season after a 62-42 victory over Mercy Prep in the District X, Class AAA semifinals.
Nikki Arbanas led the charge for the Hornets with 20 points. Arbanas was 15-16 at the charity stripe. Holly Grober (18) and Megan Chess (12) also reached double-figures for Hickory. Nicole LaCava chipped in nine points.
Hickory advances to the District X, Class AAA Championship game on Saturday. They will face Villa Maria at a site and time to be determined.