West Side Christian’s basketball teams came up short at the Heartland Christian Athletic Association 2A State Tournament on Thursday.
The Lady Warriors fell to Valley Christian 23-21, while the Warriors were upended by Garrett Memorial 74-62.
Rylie Scriber had eight points and Grace McNabb finished with seven points for the Lady Warriors.
West Side Christian trailed 23-15 going into the final stanza, but the Lady Warriors’ defense pitched a shutout in the fourth quarter to keep the game close.
The Lady Warriors had a chance to tie the game in the final seconds, but came up short.
West Side Christian's record falls to 11-11 on the year.
“Our girls are so young in many spots, but they have really achieved far above where people had us predicted to finish,” West Side Christian coach Randall Miller said.
The Warriors placed three players in double figures with Zackley Pearson scoring 31 points, while Stephfan Tabe had 15 points and John Wylie finished with 12 points.
The Warriors are 19-6 on the season.
"Our kids had a really stacked schedule during this tournament,” Miller said. “We had a Monday, Tuesday, Thursday set up with each game in a different location. About 15 travel hours in there as well and I thought it showed up in the last boys game especially.
“There just wasn't much left in the tank. We were the overall No. 2 seed, but our road was gonna be five games in six days in five different locations, and it was just a lot more than the other teams we played had to deal with.
“One thing I really love about our kids is that they take on situations and challenges like that head on. Just kind of a bring it on mentality and I love that about them.
“The boys these last two years, my goodness, they are 45-9 with a state championship, a Dual State championship, some other big tourney wins.
“Just looking back, this is the most successful two-year run a West Side boys team has ever had.
“These groups are just so much fun to coach and compete alongside. We still have one more postseason tourney ahead of us, and I expect we will be chomping at the bit.”
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BEARDEN - Parkers Chapel's junior girls topped Spring Hill 46-27 Thursday night in the semifinals of the district tournament.
The Lady Trojans improved to 15-2 and will face Lafayette County Saturday at 4 p.m. in the championship game.
Brookelynn Porter led Parkers Chapel with 11 points, including six in the fourth quarter. Bella Frisby and Krista Rivers added 10 points apiece.
The Lady Trojans led 12-5 after one quarter and 22-12 at the half.
Kallie Martin and Mackenzie Morgan contributed seven and six points, respectively, in a winning effort.