MASON -- The Columbus Academy girls lacrosse team played well in spurts but not well enough overall against Shaker Heights Hathaway Brown in a Division II state semifinal last Friday.

Isabel Ballard recorded six goals and one assist to help power the Blazers to a 13-8 victory over the Vikings, who finished the year 11-5. Hathaway Brown improved 14-4 and will meet defending Division II state champion New Albany in the state final at 1 p.m. Saturday.

The Vikings took a 5-4 lead on a Katie Ratcliff goal with 6 minutes 24 seconds remaining in the half, but the Blazers responded with a 6-1 run that extended through the first 13 minutes of the second half.

"Our team played decent in swells, but Hathaway Brown is very precise with their passing and have very accurate shooters," Vikings coach Anne Horton said. "That was the difference. When we had our chances, we didn't finish and they did. You have to be able to do that at this level of play."

"We had a few turnovers that allowed them to go to goal," Academy senior attacker Ali Dillon said. "We just gave up the ball. We held them close throughout most of the first half but then we just let them slip away."

Senior attacker Layne Averill scored two goals and had one assist, and Dillon finished with two goals. Senior goalie Alannah Linkhorn turned away 13 shots. The Vikings started the season 0-3 but won 11 of 12 before Friday. Academy's four regular-season losses came against Division I state semifinalists Thomas Worthington, Upper Arlington and Cincinnati Sycamore and Division II semifinalist New Albany.

"We gave it a good go and held with them the whole game, and we pressured them," Dillon said. "It's unfortunate that we didn't take out Hathaway Brown, but it was a good season."