Highland Park advanced in the playoffs on Tuesday by using the same approach that got the Scots there in the first place.
Balanced scoring and a strong second-half push lifted HP past Spruce 84-48 in a Class 5A Region II bi-district game. The Scots (25-9) will meet Frisco in the area round at 7 p.m. Friday at Lewisville.
The Timberwolves (12-16) kept the game close early before HP started pulling away after halftime. The Scots outscored Spruce 27-7 in the third quarter to seal the victory in one of its highest-scoring games of the year.
Frisco upset District 10-5A champion Princeton 53-42 in the first round on Tuesday. The Raccoons were the fourth seed from 9-5A, but five of their league losses came by five points or fewer. They have won five straight games overall.