Markell Washington scored 33 points, including four steals and buckets in the third quarter as the Henderson Lions defeated Chapel Hill Friday night.
The Lions move to 3-1 in district play and faced Bullard Tuesday night and will travel to Kilgore on Friday to complete the first round of district play.
The Lions kept the pace in high gear, running the floor almost the entire game.
“That’s when we play our best,” said coach Joshua Francis. “We play tough defense and get out into transition. We got guys who can get to the rim and we put a lot of pressure on Chapel Hill tonight.”
Washington’s third quarter show was more than spectacular as it energized the crowd.
Henderson trailed by five at the half, 27-22, but outscored the Bulldogs 19-12 in the third quarter.
Henderson tied the game at 30-30 in the third quarter, which was nip and tuck the rest of the way.
Henderson had 62-51 lead going down the stretch but the Bulldogs had one last burst of energy left in them.
As the game transitioned to the charity stripe, both teams were eventually in the one-plus-one bonus.
Chapel Hill hit six of nine free throws in the last three minutes of play while Henderson hit six of 10 from the charity stripe.
Henderson had a 65-58 lead, but Chapel Hill hit back-to-back buckets to pull within 65-62.
Washington hit a bucket with little time left in the game to seal the victory.