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Declo 61, Melba 51

MOUNTAIN HOME — Keegan Duncan’s 28 points lifted the Hornets to their second straight 2A state tournament.

Duncan, a junior, made eight field goals (one 3-pointer) and went 11-of-15 from the free-throw line in Saturday’s state play-in game against Melba (13-12).

Declo led 30-22 at halftime. Melba kept it interesting going into the fourth quarter, trailing 41-35, but the Hornets held on.

“That’s one of the better teams we’ve seen,” Declo coach Jacoby Fox said over the phone. “We won the battle of the boards and executed our offensive gameplan.”

Trey Smyer added 11 points for the Hornets, who will play Cole Valley Christian (15-7) in the first round of the state tournament at 3 p.m. Thursday at Capital High School.

Two season ago, when 10 of this year’s 14 varsity players were freshmen, Declo went 1-21. The Hornets improved last year but finished 9-16 and went two-and-out at state.

They have a 19-5 record so far this season, and they’ve been ranked in the top five of the 2A media all winter. So their expectations are high going into next week.

“It’s not about an opportunity now,” Fox said. “There’s a different level of confidence. There’s a different level of belief in what we’re capable of.”

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Declo 61, Melba 51

Melba 13 9 13 16 — 51

Declo 15 15 11 20 — 61

DECLO (61) — Keegan Duncan 28, Trey Smyer 11, Tyson Ramsey 4, Tanner Schroeder 3, Garrett Darrington 4, Caleb Moore 2, Sam Mallory 3, Bart Gibby 4, Richard Robertson 2.

Oakley 55, Glenns Ferry 49 (OT)

MURTAUGH — The Hornets fended off the relentless Pilots to reach the 1A Division I state tournament for the third time in four seasons.

“Our kids just did not want to lose,” Oakley coach Juan Rodriguez said. “I’m really excited for our seniors to get a chance to play at state.”

Oakley led 18-12 after one quarter and 26-19 at halftime of the Snake River conference tournament game, but Glenns Ferry cut the deficit to one point going into the fourth quarter.

With a second remaining in regulation, Glenns Ferry’s Wacey Williams knocked down a short two-pointer to send the game into overtime. But the Hornets came through in the extra period.

Oakley’s Gannon Critchfield scored 14 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, Jayden Palmer had 10 points and Chandler Jones — the “heartbeat” of the Hornets, Rodriguez said — added nine.

The Hornets (13-10) will face Grace (16-6) in the first round of the state tournament at 6:15 p.m. Thursday at Vallivue High School. Grace beat Oakley 69-49 on Dec. 16, but Rodriguez said he was without two starters and a key bench player in that game.

“I like our chances against them,” Rodriguez said of Thursday’s game. “Anything can happen.”

Carson Grigg scored 10 points for the Pilots, who finished the season with an 11-14 record.

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Oakley 55, Glenns Ferry 49 (OT)

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Glenns Ferry 12 7 13 12 5 — 49

Oakley 18 8 7 11 11 — 55

GLENNS FERRY (49) — Wacey Williams 7, Diego Gutierrez 6, Oscar Villavicencio 3, Shaye Grisham 4, Dillon Traudt 8, Carson Grigg 10, Kody Henslee 8, Martinez 3.

OAKLEY (55) — Chandler Jones 9, Tate Cranney 3, Jayden Palmer 10, Jake Pulsipher 8, Max Alves 3, Gannon Critchfield 14, Austin Bedke 8.

Sugar-Salem 57, Filer 41

AMERICAN FALLS — The Diggers ended Filer’s season in Saturday’s 3A state play-in game.

The score was tied 9-9 after one quarter, but Filer scored nine points, combined, in the next two quarters. Sugar-Salem outscored the Wildcats 13-4 in the second.

Nick Meyerhoeffer scored 13 points, and Josh Hughes added nine for Filer, which finished the season with a 10-15 record.

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Sugar-Salem 57, Filer 41

Sugar-Salem 9 13 9 26 — 57

Filer 9 4 5 23 — 41

SUGAR-SALEM (57) — Shirley 4, Drake 11, Dodson 5, Miller 5, Pincock 17, Baldwin 4, Harris 2, Michaelson 4, Handy 2, Barr 3.

FILER (41) — Garret Miskin 6, Nick Meyerhoeffer 13, Tanner Sullivan 1, Josh Hughes 9, Ethan Dionne 4, Ashton Karel 6, Cade Ackerman 2.

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