It was a good night for District 5-AAA boys basketball teams in first-round Region 3-AAA action.
That is, except Ooltewah.
Three of the four 5-AAA teams advanced to the region semifinals with victories over 6-AAA schools, but the Owls came up short in an 82-71 loss to Stone Memorial, the 6-AAA champion.
Ooltewah (15-12) ended its season with three straight losses. Stone Memorial (25-6) continued a late-season push with its eighth straight win.
Meanwhile, 5-AAA champion Walker Valley (22-9) claimed its 11th consecutive victory with a 73-65 home-court decision over Cumberland County (11-19), the No. 4 seed out of 6-AAA.
Bradley Central (16-11), the No. 3 seed out of 5-AAA, posted a 63-51 road win over Cookeville (21-10), which was the No. 3 seed from 6-AAA.
And 5-AAA runner-up Cleveland (18-8) edged visiting White County, 57-50. White County, No. 3 from 6-AAA, ended its season at 22-8.
The Region 3-AAA girls semifinals are scheduled for Monday at Cookeville High School and the boys semifinals will be played on Tuesday, also at Cookeville High.
Region 3-AAA Tournament
Friday, Feb. 20
Bradley Central 62, Rhea County 34
McMinn County 54, Cookeville 47
White County 59, Walker Valley 47
Cumberland County 73, Cleveland 31
Saturday, Feb. 21
Walker Valley 73, Cumberland County 65
Cleveland 57, White County 50
Stone Memorial 82, Ooltewah 71
Bradley Central 61, Cookeville 53
Monday, Feb. 24 at Cookeville High
(All Times Eastern Standard)
Bradley Central (23-5) vs. White County (22-7), 7 p.m.
McMinn County (12-17) vs. Cumberland County (27-4), 8:45 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 25 at Cookeville High
Walker Valley (22-9) vs. Bradley Central (16-11), 7 p.m.
Cleveland (18-8) vs. Stone Memorial (25-6), 8:45 p.m.
(E-mail Larry Fleming at firstname.lastname@example.org)