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Hillcrest's Derek Wooten moves the ball down the court during the Screamin' Eagles 61-47 upset of undefeated Bradley in the first round of the tournament.
Submitted Photo ~ Lori Highfield

Hillcrest boys
make state semifinals



Hillcrest's Logan Spray (#10) and Trevor Morgan (#21) play defense against a Wonderview shooter during the semifinals of the state tournament. The Screamin' Eagles ended their season with a 48-40 loss to the Daredevils.
Submitted Photo ~ Debbie Richey
Nathan Hibbard
Staff Writer

The Wonderview Daredevils defeated Hillcrest 48-40 in the semifinals of the Class 1A State Basketball Tournament Saturday afternoon at Lynn.

Hillcrest led 11-9 at the end of the first quarter, but a 16-6 second-quarter advantage gave the Daredevils a 25-17 lead at halftime.

Wonderview extended its lead to 34-24 late in the third quarter, but a three-point play from Logan Spray brought Hillcrest to within 34-27 at the end of the period.

The Eagles continued to cut into Wonderview's lead in the fourth quarter. Spray converted a three-point play and Derek Wooten hit a three-pointer to bring Hillcrest to within 37-35 with 5:46 to play. Two points would be as close as Hillcrest would get, thanks to Wonderview's clutch free-throw shooting in the closing minutes.

Derek Wooten scored 14 points, and Trevor Morgan finished with 11 points and 12 rebounds for Hillcrest.

The Screamin' Eagles conclude the season with a record of 25 wins and 12 losses.

Mammoth Spring

The Screamin' Eagles defeated conference rival Mammoth Spring 42-35 in double-overtime in the second round of the state tournament on Thursday.

The teams were tied 30-30 at the end of regulation play and 32-32 after the first overtime period.

Wooten led Hillcrest with 13 points.

Bradley

The Hillcrest Screamin' Eagles handed the Bradley Bears their first loss of the season 61-47 in the first round of the state tournament on March 2.

Bradley led 27-25 at halftime, but Hillcrest used a strong third quarter to take a 42-40 lead into the final period. The Eagles outscored the Bears 19-7 in the fourth quarter to pull away.

Wooten led Hillcrest with 24 points. Morgan scored 18 points, and Spray added 11.

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