Paint Valley's Cruz McFadden made all 7 of his free throws and made a critical steal in overtime, as the Bearcats beat Eastern Brown 62-55 for the Division 3 Sectional Championship at Waverly Downtown Gym.
Paint Valley also made their last 11 foul shots as a team.
The score was even at halftime 27-27 and PV surged to a 40-39 lead after three periods. Both teams had chances to hold the ball for the final shot of regulation, which ended at 53-53 to send it to overtime.
Dylan Swingle lead all players in the game with 18 points, Bryce Newland had 16, McFadden 13 and Caden Grubb with 11.
The Warriors of Eastern Brown had one player in double figures, as Hunter Rockhold had 14 points.
Paint Valley shot 21/49 for 42%- including 7/21 from outside the arc. The Cats also connected on 13/16 from the foul line, including their last 11 straight. They were able to overcome 18 turnovers.
(16-8) Eastern Brown was 19/54 from the field for 35%- including 7/23 from the arc. They were also 6/8 from the line and committed 15 turnovers.
Paint Valley edged Eastern in rebounds- 28-27.
The Bearcats improve to (17-7) and will meet Oak Hill in the District Semis at 6:30pm March 3rd at the OU-Convo. 94 Country WKKJ airtime will be 6:15pm.
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