Only one Clay County basketball team remains in the playoffs after Class A Div. II Region III games Friday night.
Bellevue’s boys earned an 81-65 win over Avinger to claim an Area championship, advancing to Tuesday’s Region III quarterfinal.
The Eagles outscored Avinger 21-10 in the first quarter, and held the lead into halftime with a 19-all second quarter. Bellevue topped Avinger again in the third, 16-12, and carried away the win with a 25-point fourth.
Tyler Terry led the Eagles with 24 points, followed by Brandt Cassetty with 16, and Broc Terry with 14. Matthew Belcher scored 13 and John Grunseich added 10.
The Eagles shot 55 percent from the free throw line, hitting 17 of 31 attempts.
Bellevue faces Ector in the Region III quarterfinal at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Gainesville.
Bellevue Lady Eagles
An outstanding season for the Bellevue lady Eagles came to a close Friday with a 73-40 loss to Coolidge — ranked seventh in state — at the Region III tournament in Tyler.
Bailey Terry poured in 16 points for the Lady Eagles in the final game of her high school career, followed by Amber Bush with 10 points and Bailey Schroeder with six. Emily Barnett and Destiny Watkins pitched in four points each.
Bellevue, ranked 20th in state, hit six of 12 free throw attempts, while Coolidge found itself at the charity line 18 times for nine points.
Coolidge topped the 20-point mark in three of four quarters. Bellevue fell behind 21-10 in the first quarter, and by halftime faced a 47-20 deficit. Coolidge again outscored the Lady Eagles in the third, 20-13. Bellevue scored seven in the fourth quarter to six by its opponent.
Midway’s boys season came to an end in the Area round with a 57-31 loss to Saltillo. Statistics were not available.