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News-Times Staff

FORDYCE - A year ago, Junction City knocked off Prescott to reach the state tournament.

On Thursday, history repeated itself, as the Dragons knocked off the Curley Wolves 63-54 at the 4-3A Regional Tournament, clinching a spot in next week's state tournament.

"Any time you get that first one out of the way, you are happy," said Junction City coach Kendall Hutcheson.

"Now you concentrate on improving your position. The kids played extremely hard, and I'm very proud of them."

In the rematch from last year, Prescott, the 7-3A's No. 2 seed, led 10-8 after one quarter of play before the Dragons rallied to take a 29-27 lead at intermission.

However, the third quarter proved to be the difference in the game, as the Dragons (16-10) outscored the Curley Wolves (10-18) 15-7 in the stanza to take a 44-34 edge.

The Dragons used a balanced scoring attack to advance, as Hishmma Taylor scored 14 points and Jerrodney Tubbs added 12 points.

Jalen Davis, who scored 18 points in the Dragons' win over Prescott last year, scored nine points, as did Terrell Gibson.

Taylon Dixon rounded out the Dragons with eight points.

Junction City, the No. 3 seed from the 8-3A, will take on McGehee, the 8-3A's No. 2 seed, in the semifinals at 5:30 p.m. today.

The schools met last week in the semifinals of the 8-3A District Tournament at Smackover with the Owls coming away with a win in overtime.

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