Four-seed White County Central wins boys title over Quitman.
Quitman’s Lady Bulldogs captured the Class 2A West/Central Regional title with a dominating 71-50 win over Johnson County Westside Saturday night at Diamondback Arena in Magazine, but the Bulldogs were unable to make it a title sweep as they fell to White County Central, 56-42.
Westside’s Lauryn Brasel opened the second half scoring, getting the Lady Rebels (25-7) within 38-30, but Quitman (32-3) went on an 11-0 run in less than two minutes to lead 49-30. The 2A-4 East champion was in complete control the rest of the way.
The run included three baskets by Lucy Holland, who led the Lady Bulldogs with 20 points and eight rebounds, and two from Aspen Johnson, who had opened the game with back-to-back 3s for Quitman erasing Westside's lone lead of the game. Johnson would finish with 13 points.
Nicki Hooten was the third Lady Bulldog in double figures with 14 points.
Kelsey Criss led an effort from the 2A-4 West champs to cut it to 13 before the quarter ended but that was as close as it would get.
The only Lady Rebel in double figures, Criss scored a game-high 22 points. Madison Shelton led Westside with seven rebounds.
White County Central 56 Quitman 42
Quitman might have survived a 7-0 run by White County Central (33-6) to start the game, but a second 7-0 run after a Parker Benton free throw had WCC, who came into the tournament as the four seed from the 2A-4 East, up 14-1 and well on its way to claiming the title.
Quitman (25-12) managed only two first half baskets but hit 12 of 16 free throws over the first two quarters to stay in it, trailing only 26-18.
The Bulldogs were able to shave a point off the Bears’ lead in the third quarter but it was WCC hitting 7-of-11 free throws over the final 4:27 that would nail it down.
Ethan Jones scored 17 points to lead WCC. Jonathan Rolett scored 15 and Garret Finley, though battling foul trouble throughout the night, manged 14 points and a team best eight rebounds.
Both Zac Shue and Hunter McClung scored 11 points for Quitman, who entered the tournament as the 2A-4 East's top seed.
Bigelow 55 Hackett 51
It took a tornado warning that cleared the gym with 29.1 seconds to go to cool off Bigelow (12-16), who rallied from a nine-point deficit with 5:33 to play in the girls third place game.
Hackett (24-6) was leading 43-33 when Chloe Buie hit a 3 to end a scoring spell of 3:08 for Bigelow. A Liz Smith basket pushed it back to nine for the Lady Hornets, but Buie was just getting started.
The freshman hit another 3, was standing on the line for another shot that hit the net and hit a third 3 to give her 11 points in a span of 1:46 and the Lady Panthers were down just 45-44 with 4:01 to go.
A 3 by Cecily Weaver gave Bigelow the lead and the run would eventually be one of 16-0 after a Weaver free throw with 1:28 left made it 52-45.
Hackett got back within four but free throws by Alexis Hill had the Bigelow advantage at 55-48 when play was suspended. A 3 by Madison Bailey were the only points scored after the break.
Jill Nutt scored 21 points to lead Bigelow. Buie had 15 points. Weaver had seven rebounds. Bailey led Hackett with 23 points and Cassie Bell had 13 points and 11 rebounds.
England 63 Jacksonville Lighthouse 59
There were four lead changes in the first 4:31 of the second half and the Lions used an 8-1 run through the 2:08 over the end of the third and beginning of the final quarter to take command of the third place boys game.
It was a conventional three-point play by Kevante Davis that gave the England (21-9) the lead for good at 38-36 but the Wolves (19-16) would it was free throws by Warren Green and Tremaine Bell, along with baskets by Bell and Corey Hunter that made it 48-39 with 6:44 remaining.
Jacksonville Lighthouse would twice get within four but the Lions continued to have an answer, often from Bell, who scored seven of his 11 points in the decisive minutes.
In addition to Bell, Hunter scored 15 points and both Tyler Woods and Davis added 10. Hunter also had seven rebounds.
Lighthouse also had four double figure scorers with Chris Mims leading all players with 19 points and Jason Bobo, Eric Miles and Reggie Adell adding 15, 14 and 10, respectively.