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PARIS -- Up 15 midway through the third period in the Region 5AAA quarterfinals, Lebanon had no answer when Henry County employed a full-court press in a 74-59 loss Saturday at Gamlin Gymnasium.

The loss ended the Blue Devil season at 17-13 while the Patriots (21-8) advanced to the regional semifinals Tuesday night in Clarksville.

Trailing 45-30 with 3:43 left in the third period, Henry County got a free throw from senior Shonte Sims. The Patriots switched to full-court attacking defense which started Lebanon's downfall.

HC rallied to within one point a 45-44 on a LaQuan McFerren jumper with 53 seconds left in the third period. Lebanon added a field goal but carried just a 47-44 lead into the fourth frame.

The Patriots sealing the win at the free throw line by hitting 10 straight to help push the final margin of victory to 15 points.

Lebanon went on a 17-5 scoring run in the middle of the second quarter to put the Blue Devils on top 29-24. The Blue Devils used strong outside shooting of Justin Bridges and Phillip Vance who split four 3-point baskets in the run. Those shots were created by unrestricted drives with kickout passes. Lebanon went on to lead 31-26 at intermission.

Bridges hit two more 3-point shots early in the third quarter and had nine points in the period as the Blue Devils went up by 15 points before the Patriots’ late run.

Lebanon’s Cameron High scored 16 points with Bridges finishing with 15. Justin Manning added 12 points with Vance scoring 10. Ryan Beadle added five points and Jordan Stafford hit one free throw.

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