Evanston Township (12-1; Evanston, IL) advanced to the semifinal round to face Pace (GA) with a 68-59 victory over Scott County (KY).
Leading 31-24 at halftime, Evanston’s Elyjah Williams scored the opening basket of the second half to take a 33-24 advantage. Scott County responded with a 7-2 run to pull to within four points at 35-31 with 13:15 on the clock. After trading baskets for several minutes, Bryce Long completed an old-fashioned three-point play with 6:38 to play to pull Scott County to within two points at 47-45.
Evanston continued to hold the slim lead at 50-47 before blowing the game wide open with a 12-0 run that gave the Wildkits a 62-47 lead with 1:53 to play.
Evanston was led by Nojel Eastern’s 12 points and seven rebounds. Michael Moreno paced Scott County with 22 points and six boards.