Once the hot start cooled off, the Bonney Lake Panthers started to show signs of weakness.
But despite a long lull, all it took was a timely second-half goal to snap them out of their funk.
Brody Fitzsimmons scored a key goal in the 41st minute, helping Bonney Lake (18-4) take command in a 3-1 win over Hanford on Friday afternoon in a Class 3A state semifinal game at Sparks Stadium.
The Panthers will take on Shorecrest (16-3), a 3-2 winner over Bainbridge, in Saturday’s championship game at 2 p.m.
The Panthers opened the second half in spectacular fashion, as …