Semifinal round of the 2A West/Central regional in the books.
The three top seeds who advanced on the first day of the Class 2A West/Central Regional tournament being held in Diamondback Arena in Magazine, won again Friday to reach the regional finals, which will be played Saturday night.
The closest game involved the Quitman Bulldogs (25-11), who survived conference foe England (21-8) 62-59 in a game that featured five second half tie scores.
The last was at 59-59 with 21.9 seconds to go after a pair of Kevante Davis free throws for the Lions.
Zackary Heffentrager hit a pair of free throws for Quitman with 13.9 seconds to play and, after the Lions failed to score, Heffentrager hit one of two with 2.8 ticks left.
Quitman had trailed by as many as 10 points in the second half and was down 45-36 before a 12-0 run over 2:42 set up the rollercoaster finish.
Heffentrager led Quitman with 18 points and seven rebounds. Zac Shue added 11 points. England was led by Corey Hunter with 12 points and Davis scored 11.
Quitman 54 Bigelow 40
The Lady Bulldogs (31-3) led by double digits in the first half and were up by as many as 20 in the third quarter before Bigelow (11-16) made a run to cut it back to nine, 42-33, on an Alexis Hill 3-pointer 44 seconds before the third quarter ended.
Quitman scored the first four points of the final quarter and led by no fewer than 11 the rest of the way.
Nicki Hooten scored 22 points to lead all players. She also collected nine rebounds. Lucy Holland was also a double figure scorer for Quitman with 11 points.
The Lady Panthers got 15 points from Hill and 10 from Riley Smothers.
Johnson County Westside 66 Hackett 39
The only 2A-4 West teams to win opening round games met in the 7 p.m. game Friday, and the outcome was decided long before the 8:30 tip started.
Hackett took a 3-0 lead on a Madison Bailey jumper but that was about it for the Lady Hornet highlights.
The Lady Rebels (25-6) scored the next 10 points, eight by Kelsey Criss and Hackett (24-5) never seriously threatened.
The Westside lead was as many as 17 before the intermission and reached 23 by the end of the third quarter.
Westside flirted with enforcing the mercy rule when a Madison Shelton 3 made it 64-36 with 3:05 to go but Hackett, and eventually Westside, emptied its benches to finish the final two plus minutes.
Shelton scored 19 points to match Criss and co-lead the Lady Rebels. Shelton also had five rebounds.
Cassie Bell scored 18 points to lead Hackett and also blocked nine shots. Bailey had 10 points for the Lady Hornets.
White County Central 56 Jacksonville Lighthouse 53
Jacksonville Lighthouse took a 51-50 lead with 1:31 remaining on an Eric Miles free throw but the Bears retook the lead on a basket by Garrett Findlay 17 seconds later.
A pair of Marlin Carder free throws with 35.5 seconds to go made it 54-51 before the Wolves shunned an attempt to tie the game, settling for a Miles basket with 11 seconds left to cut it to 54-53.
A baseball pass to Jonathan Rolett resulted in a layup with 7 seconds to go to make it 56-53 and a desperation 3 to tie it was offline.
Finley scored 13 points to lead White County Central (32-6) and Jagger Myers and Rolett both added 10. Miles had 19 points to lead Jacksonville Lighthouse (19-15) and Reggie Adell added 12.