The Kettle Falls Bulldogs, using a 13-0 fourth quarter run, defeated the Springdale Chargers 40-36 on Thursday in the opening round of the District VII Class 2A tournament.
The win propelled the Bulldogs (3-18 overall) into the double-elimination portion of the tournament. The Chargers, who defeated the Bulldogs twice during the regular season, ended their season with a 4-17 record.
Training 33-26 midway through the final quarter following a Chase Fitzgerald put-back basket, the Bulldogs finally took the lead 34-33 on a Luke Beardslee basket. A 3-pointer by Brandon Thomas increased the Bulldog lead to 39-33.
Springdale’s Isaiah Wynecoop trimmed the Kettle Falls lead to 39-36 with a 3-pointer of his own. The Chargers had two chances to tie the score in the closing minute but missed two long-range shots.
Neither team could generate much of an offense in the first half as the game was tied at 17-17 at intermission.
The Chargers, who got a pair of 3-pointers from Josh Anderson, led 29-26 with 8 minutes to play.
Wynecoop led all scorers with 15 points. Connor McKern paced Kettle Falls with 11 points.