WAKEFIELD — The Hartington Wildcats led for most of first half in their second round game with the Bancroft Rosalie Panthers but suffered a small let down in the third quarter and it cost them.
Bancroft then roede that third quarter burst and advanced with the 60-56 win.
Caleb Lammers was a force for the Wildcats and took high scoring honors with 21 points and Wes Fleming hit double figures as well with his 10-point effort.
The Panthers got 16 points from Colten Bolling and 13 points from Deric Dufek to lead their team to the win.
“We started well but the scoring drought in the third cost us the game,” Coach Tim Manzer said. “The kids did battle back and cut the lead to two with just 15 seconds to play, though. We need to stay intense for four full quarters to become the team we want to be.”
Treys by Caleb Lammers and Phil Wiebelhaus helped the Wildcats open a 14-12 first-quarter lead.
The Wildcats got six points from Travis Wortmann and a three-pointer by Wes Fleming to lead their offense in the second quarter but Bancroft rallied from long range as Deric Dufek and Ryan Stansbury each hit a pair of three pointers and the Panthers clung to a 32-31 haftime lead.
Dufek drained two more long treys in the third quarter as Hartington went cold from the field and Bancroft stretched their lead to 46-39 with only one period to play.
Wes Fleming and Caleb Lammers would lead a late rally for the Wildcats with seven and six points, respectively but 4-5 freethrow shooting in the final minutes would propel the Panthers to the 60-56 win.
Bancroft advanced to play Allen in the semis on Friday night. The Panthers defeated Allen, then took on Ponca in the conference final Monday in Laurel. Ponca, the defending state Class C2 champs, won that contest.
Hartington was in action again Tuesday when the Wildcats traveled to Wausa to take on the winless Vikings.
HPS finishes the regular season out at Wynot on Feb. 8 and at Randoph on Feb. 15. SubDistrict basketball action will then begin Feb. 11 in Wayne.
Bancroft 12 20 14 14—60
Hartington 14 17 8 17—56
Hartington- Caleb Lammers, 21; Wes Fleming, 10; Ross Eickhoff, 6; Nathan Fischer, 6; Travis Wortmann, 6. Bancroft- Colten Bolling, 16; Deric Dufek, 13; Clint Soll, 8; Ryan Stansbury, 8; Jeremy Anderson, 6; Ryle Mohr, 4; TJ Lutjen, 4.