Central Arkansas Christian defeated Monticello, 73-51, in the first round of the 4A South Regional at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia on Thursday.

The Mustangs were powered by a huge game from Sydnie Jones, who scored 40 points and pulled down 17 rebounds in the victory. Jones shot 76 percent from the field and only missed five of her 21 attempts.

Falan Miller added 18 points and had eight rebounds as CAC advanced to play conference nemesis Malvern at 4 p.m. on Friday.

Regardless of Friday’s outcome, CAC is now guaranteed a trip to next week’s 4A state tournament in Cave City.

CAC’s boys team will also be in next week’s state tournament.