Top seed Advance had little trouble disposing of No. 8 Bell City, 25-13, 25-11, while No. 2 Dexter cruised to a 25-13, 25-7 win over No. 7 Richland.
Tournament action will resume Thursday with a full slate (four games) of semifinal matches in both the varsity and junior varsity divisions.
Varsity semifinal action will start at 7 o'clock when Advance will take on No. 4 Puxico. That game will be followed by the evening's night cap when No. 2 Dexter takes on No. 3 Bernie.
Friday will be championship night for the tournament. Action will again get underway at 5 p.m. with the third place jayvee contest, followed by the varsity's third place game.
The junior varsity title game is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. with the varsity championship game to follow at approximately 8 o'clock.
Advance's varsity team is undefeated in SCAA regular season play. The Lady Hornets needed three games at home to beat the Lady Bearcats earlier in the season.
Dexter's loss to Advance is the only blemish on the Lady Bearcats' regular-season SCAA record.
But Dexter can't look past an improving Bernie team that took the Lady Bearcats to three games at the Bearcat Event Center earlier this season.
Bernie coach Erin Hoffman has brought with her a new scheme and the Lady Mules are starting to adapt and could prove to be a spoiler at the tournament.
Dexter's new coach Carman Morgan has had to deal with the loss of super sophomore Jessica Lindsey. Lindsey suffered what was termed a high-ankle sprain at the SEMO tournament in Cape Girardeau and has just recently switched from a full-length leg boot to a walking boot.
This is Morgan's first SCAA tournament. Morgan comes to Dexter after retiring from a very successful career at Clearwater High School where she directed her teams four state championships.