Northwest Indiana has its first girls basketball regional champions since 2005 as Griffith beat Gavit 35-21 to win the Class 3A Rensselaer Regional, while Merrillville beat Elkhart Memorial 55-54 to win the 4A Valparaiso Regional.
Griffith and Merrillville became the first local girls teams to win a regional since West Side won in Class 4A and South Central in Class A in 2005.
The Panthers will face Fort Wayne Concordia in next Saturday's 3A Northern Semistate, while the Pirates will face Fort Wayne Snider in the 4A Northern Semistate.
In other girls basketball regional action, Valparaiso University recruit Tabitha Gerardot had 19 points and 19 rebounds to lead Fort Wayne Canterbury to a 55-33 victory over Kouts (19-4) in the Class A Caston Regional semifinals.
Meanwhile, at the Class 2A Culver Regional semifinals, Hanover Central (13-10) lost to Westview 44-35.
For complete girls basketball regional coverage, read Sunday's edition of The Times.