McLouth — The McLouth High boys basketball team utilized an inside-out combo down the stretch Thursday night to snap a three-game losing streak and defeat Maranatha Academy, 49-46.
With junior forward Gavin Swearngin and sophomore guard Marc Walbridge leading a fourth-quarter push, the Bulldogs saved their best basketball for the final eight minutes.
Swearngin and Walbridge scored the first six MHS buckets of the fourth quarter, and when Swearngin faced up and knocked down a baseline jumper with 4:20 to play, McLouth took its first lead — 39-37 — since the game’s opening minutes.
After Maranatha (3-8) converted a three-point play, Walbirdge buried a three-pointer to put the Bulldogs (6-6) back on top, 42-40.
The Eagles tied the game before Nick McAferty hit a turnaround jump shot with 2:34 left to put MHS up 44-42.
The game was tied once more before Shawn Dailey fed Swearngin for a lay-in with 1:20 remaining, giving McLouth the lead for good.
The Bulldogs sealed the win with free throws in the final minute — Derek Wright hit one with 43 seconds left and Dailey converted both ends of a one-and-one with 23 seconds on the clock.
Wellsville — With the victory, Baldwin will be looking to win its first Top Gun Tournament championship since 2007 on Saturday.
The Bulldogs defeated Bonner Springs in the semifinals. Four Bulldogs scored in double figures: Allison Howard 13, Ramie Burkhart 13, Myranda Behrens 12, Monica Howard 10.
Baldwin will play the winner of the Spring Hill/Saint Mary’s game. Baldwin won the Top Gun five of six years from 2002-2007.