MONROE — The rubber match went to Carroll High School.
The Bulldogs used a furious fourth-quarter rally to defeat District 2-3A rival Farmerville 68-64 on Thursday night in the third game played this season between the two teams.
With the win at Fant-Ewing Coliseum, Carroll (26-6) won the Class 3A state basketball championship.
Robert Pratt led the Bulldogs with 15 points and 10 rebounds. JaCarre Crockett added 14 points. Farmerville (25-7) was led by DeAndre Elliott’s game-high 17 points and six rebounds. Patrick Smith added 11 points and 12 rebounds.
Never leading in the game until the final three minutes, Carroll tied it with 6:35 remaining on a basket by Pratt and then again with 3:48 to go on a James Donahue 3-pointer. Then, a 7-0 run, highlighted by Donahue and Devonta Johnson baskets, gave Carroll a 60-56 lead.
The Bulldogs iced the game by converting their free throws.
“I think we got down as much as 13, and then our goal was to just speed up the game and get them into our tempo,” Bulldogs coach Jesse Burnette said. “We just wanted to get (Farmerville) into situations that they are not comfortable with and we had the chance to win the game at the end.”
Farmerville coach Johnny Simmons said he was proud of his team’s effort.
“We just ran out of gas at the end of the game and unfortunately were unable to make the plays at the end of the game,” Simmons said. “Our kids battled to the end of the game and so did theirs.”
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