A strong first half performance by Washington Court House on Saturday sent the Fayette Countians to a 62-54 win over host Circleville in a Division II Southeast District sectional semifinal.
Micai Claggett got off to a blistering start from the field with 10 points for the Blue Lions, while Karson Runk and Raleigh Haithcock added six apiece to give WCH a 24-16 lead after a period of play.
Tanner Lemaster led a 17-10 second stanza for the Blue Lions with six points and Claggett added four more to send Washington Court House into halftime with a commanding 41-26 edge.
The Tigers tried to rally in the second half, largely behind the shooting touch of Craig Fleck and Briley Cramer.
Fleck turned in eight points and Cramer added seven more in the third quarter, helping the Tigers to cut their deficit to 53-44.
The Tigers trailed by as few as six points in the fourth quarter, but couldn’t complete the dig out of their sizable halftime hole. Fleck had six points in the final period and Cramer added four.
Fleck led all scorers with 24 points, Cramer had 17 and Preston Hulse tacked on eight for the Tigers (3-18).
Claggett led the Blue Lions with 21 points, Haithcock had 13 and Lemaster threw in 10.
The Blue Lions (3-13) advance to a sectional final on Thursday at top-seeded Warren.
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