Henrietta advanced to the championship round of the Landmark Bank Invitational basketball tournament in Lindsey Saturday, but came up against a touch Gainesville squad.
With a 53-36 loss to the Leopards, Henrietta took second place.
The Bearcats maneuvered through the bracket with wins over Aubrey and Lindsay.
In the first round, Cole Burns and Nick Powell scored 21 points apiece to lead Henrietta in a 50-41 win over Aubrey. Ben Fletcher added fine and Philip Davis landed a three-pointer.
On Thursday, Henrietta dominated Aubrey early on, outscoring the Chaparrals 20-4 in the first quarter. Aubrey outscored the ‘Cats in the three remaining periods – 14-11, 9-6, 14-13 – but couldn’t make up for the first.
Henrietta shot 48.9 percent from the field and hit three of seven free throws for 42.9 percent.
Powell and Burns also led the team on defense. Burns finished with 16 rebound, while Powell had 12. Dalton Davidson and Powell led the team in assists with seven and five, respectively.
Lindsay gave Henrietta a run in the third quarter Friday, tying the game at 20-all. But the Bearcats had a big fourth quarter in store, putting up 18 while holding the Knights to six, 38-26.
Davidson and Powell scored 11 points each, followed by Fletcher with eight, Burns with six and Davis with two. Davidson also had seven assists. Henrietta shot 43.2 percent from the field and hit only two of six free throws.
Powell and Burns had eight boards each. Powell also tallied three steals and two blocks.
In the title game, Henrietta took an early lead, 12-4 in the first quarter, but couldn’t pin the Leopards down. Gainesville outscored the Bearcats 22-9 in the second quarter, a run from which Henrietta would not recuperate. Gainesville went on to outscore Henrietta 13-6 in the third and 14-9 in the fourth quarters.
Henrietta finished at 75 percent from charity with three of four free throws, and hit 45.5 percent from the field.
Powell led the squad with 15 points, followed by Burns with 10. Burns also had 14 rebounds in the game. Davidson scored eight points, followed by Davis with three. Powell had three steals and three blocks.
According to the Gainesville Daily Register, the Leopards advanced to the title by beating Celina 62-54, and Bowie 59-43.