Blount County advanced five teams out of the area tournaments to the sub-region round of the high school basketball playoffs. Only one survived.
While the season came to an end for the Cleveland, Locust Fork, and Susan Moore girls and the Cleveland boys, the Oneonta boys beat Saks 69-67 Saturday afternoon and will play in the Northeast Regional at Jacksonville State University (see related story).
2A Clements 80, Cleveland 45
3A Pisgah 59, Susan Moore 52
The Lady Bulldogs dug a huge early hole but then came back to give the Lady Eagles all they wanted.
Pisgah built a 19-3 first-quarter lead but Susan Moore slowly fought back into the game. The Lady Eagles had leads of 19-7 and 31-21 at the first two quarter breaks.
The Lady Bulldogs outscored the host team 18-14 in the third quarter and went to the final period trailing just 45-39
With 3:44 left to play, Hannah Holmes hit a shot to pull the visitors with two at 49-47. However, Pisgah answered with a pair of quick baskets sandwiched around a missed shot by the Bulldogs to lead 53-47.
Down the stretch, Pisgah hit four of six free throws to close out the Bulldogs.
Susan Moore (19-13) got a game-high 33 points from Holmes to go with six rebounds and five steals. Kaylie Bullard added 11 points and four rebounds.
Pisgah (16-13) got 16 points from Ella Denes, 13 from Jordan Guffey, and 11 from Dallas Gilley.
4A Anniston 55, Locust Fork 37
Tanner 78, Cleveland 61
The Rattlers were in trouble. Cleveland had rallied from a 37-32 halftime deficit to outscore Tanner 20-17 in the third period and trailed just 54-52 starting the fourth quarter.
However, the home-standing Rattlers outscored the visitors 24-9 over the final eight minutes to avoid the upset and advance to the Northwest Regional at Wallace State.
Free throws were a big difference in the game. Tanner shot 48 free throws in the game while Cleveland only went to the line 22 times.
Cleveland (17-12) got 16 points from Josh Fallin to go with 13 from Austin Hazelrig and 12 from Caleb Woodall.
Tanner (15-10) was led by Trey Cosby with 21 while Marquis McDonald added 16 and Matthew Hines chipped in 17.