Midway falls to Dodd City in regional quarterfinal

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Midway's Keaton Merkel drives in for a layup during the first quarter of Tuesday's Regioan quarterfinal against Dodd City. Merkel led the Falcons with 19 points.

By Matt Kelton
Pioneer Sentinel

Midway’s varsity boys basketball season came to an end three rounds into the Class A Div. II state playoffs Tuesday night with a Region III quarterfinal loss to Dodd City, 63-47.

Midway’s opponent, ranked no. 8 in state by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches, knocked of Bellevue in the bi-district round, 63-46.

If the opening moments of the quarterfinal game were to be any indication, it looked to be close. Midway’s Brody Wilson put the first numbers on the board with a three-pointer, only to be answered with the same shot at the opposite end of the court. The Falcons held Dodd City tight until the 10-point mark, when the Hornets pulled away for a 14-10 first quarter.

It was the second quarter that made the difference in the game as Dodd City continued to increase its lead. With an oppressive Hornet defense, Midway struggled from the field, posting only nine points to Dodd City’s 14. The Hornets built a quick 10-point lead in the second and held it through most of the quarter.

Midway’s biggest period of play came in the third, with the Falcons scoring 16, only to have Dodd City put up 19. Midway was hot from outside the three-point arc. Keaton Merkel sank two threes in the third, while Wilson and Josh Fulbright had one each.

Dodd City again outscored the Falcons in the fourth, 17-12.

Merkel led the Falcons with 19 points, followed by Wilson with 10, Mark Nall with six points, Logan Harper with five and Fulbright with three. Ben Forester and Ryan Terry scored two points each.

Midway hit 53 percent from the charity line with nine free throws on 17 attempts. The two teams forced 10 turnovers each.

Midway closes the 2011-12 season with a 22-10 record. The team was 11-1 in district.

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