Area playoff update: Bellevue vs. Avinger — 6:30 p.m., Anna H.S.; Midway vs. Saltillo — immediately following
Nick Powell and Dalton Davidson sparked a fourth-quarter comeback in Graham Tuesday night, but Henrietta was unable to overcome a tenacious Cisco squad, losing the Bearcats’ bi-district bid in overtime, 66-57.
Henrietta fell behind in three quarters of play, down 44-36 to open the fourth, before a pair of Bearcat buckets from Davidson and Powell. Powell went on to score 11 points in the fourth to force the extra period at 55-all. As a team Henrietta added 19 in the fourth.
Strong defense helped, as Henrietta crowded the undersized Loboes out from under the goal.
But with three Bearcats in foul trouble, Henrietta’s hot streak fell apart in overtime. With Cole Burns taking the bench in the fourth, Powell fouled out after two points in overtime. Phillip Davis followed a short time later, and the Bearcats were outscored 11-2.
Henrietta spent the entire clock playing catch-up after falling behind 18-10 in the first quarter. Both teams scored 13 in the second and in the third.
Cisco earned the win on free throws. The Loboes were put on the charity line 34 times, for 21 points. In comparison, Henrietta shot only 18 free throws, but scored 16, an outstanding 88 percent.
Powell led all scorers with 33 points. He was followed on the Henrietta roster by Burns with 12. Davidson, Myles Marchman and Ben Fletcher scored four points each.
Henrietta finishes the 2012-13 season with a 23-8 record.
Midway earned a 55-49 bi-district win over Dodd City in Gainesville Tuesday night, and will face Saltillo for in a Class A Div. II, Region III Area playoff Friday, immediately following Bellevue’s area playoff at Anna High School. Time and location are to be determined.
Brent Jones scored a passel of threes to lead the scoring, followed by Ben Forester.
Midway enters the area round with a 22-9 record.
Bellevue, the District 21-A champion, will face Avinger for Area at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Anna High School. The Eagles earned a first round bye. The Eagles are 30-8.