BEGGS – After 21 years, Seminole ended their state tournament drought Saturday with a 53-50 win over Jay in their area consolation final to advance to the Class 4A state tournament.
“I'm proud of our guys. They deserve this,” Chieftains coach Josh Edenborough said.
Seminole took a 16-13 lead after the first and held the advantage to go into the half up 26-23. They kept the momentum up after the break for a 20-16 third quarter and let Jay back in during the fourth but held on for the win.
Shemmario Stephens led the No. 15 Chieftains with 22 points and dropped two treys and Kason Clark hit four 3-pointers and finished with 14 points. Trevor Brinker had eight, Adam Nance put in seven and Cepado Wilkens chipped in two.
Garrett Sweeney led No. 14 Jay with 22 points.
The win moves Seminole to 21-5 on the season and into the state tournament for the first time since 1997.