The Elmore City-Pernell Badgers dominated the paint with three players in double figures as they defeated the Healdton Bulldogs 75-64 in the district championship game Saturday.
Josh Hair came off the bench to score 16 points all in the paint to lead the Badgers with 18 points. Quinton Stueart added 17, 16 of those coming in the paint. Shane Collins also had 17 points 14 of those coming the paint. In all ECP had 46 points in the paint from their inside players
The game was back-and-forth early in the game. Elmore had the early lead behind Stueart’s six points but Healdton fought back late behind four points from Chris Choate’s for a 17-15 lead at the end of the quarter.
Elmore City turned up the pressure on defense and Hair got involved in the offense with eight points. McCaskill kept Healdton honest by knocking down a pair of three point baskets.
The Badgers started the quarter strong and finished the same way scoring 23 points to take a 39-29 half time lead.
Elmore kept up the pressure in the third quarter as Stueart got rolling again with six points. Zac Burks had 7 in the quarter to lead the way as ECP opened up a 59-43 lead heading into the final 8 minutes.
Healdton made a run in the fourth quarter early but the Badgers responded as Hair got six points in the four-corner offense.
The reserves finished up the game and Noah Schmidt kept the Badgers going in the paint with four late points as ECP went on for an 11-point win.
ECP faces Tipton on Thursday in Chattanooga. Tipton upset Chattanooga in the district finals to advance to the regional winner’s bracket game.
Healdton 17 12 15 20 - 64
ECP 16 23 20 16 - 75
Healdton - Dunn 13, Choate 12, Mincey 8, Shaw 8, Carr 8, Pickelsimer 6, Long 5, Veal 4
Elmore-Pernell - Josh Hair 18, Quinton Stueart 17, Shane Collins 17, Zac Burks 9, Chace McCaskill 8, Noah Schmidt 4.