LINCOLN - Lincoln Christian jumped out to an early lead and never looked back.

The Crusaders downed Malcolm 55-34 in the first round the the Class C1 state tournament on Thursday morning at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.

Lincoln Christian senior Olivia Hollenbeck posted a game-high 24 points in the effort while Malcolm was led by Joslyn Small in the defeat.

The Crusaders advance to the semifinals and will play at 9 AM on Friday at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

MALCOLM (19-7) 12 6 8 8 - 34

LINCOLN CHRISTIAN (22-3) 20 10 13 12 - 55

M: A. Fortik-7, J. Small-8, A. Sehi-2, H. Teut-1, D. Sedlak-2, E. Brown-11, K. Dostal-3

LC: Ba. Power-4, Br. Power-5, M. Ailes-5, H. Hueser-3, A. Kortee-4, A. Johnson-7, A. Ehlers-3, O. Hllenbeck-24