Prairie View defeated Ben's Ford 51-42 in the South State Tournament quarterfinals before bowing to Clinton Christian in the semifinals and Lamar Christian in the consolation game.
MINDEN — Prairie View placed fourth in the MAIS Class 2A South State Tournament held last week at Glenbrook Academy.
Playing three games in three days, the Spartans downed Ben's Ford 51-42 in the quarterfinals before dropping consecutive games to Clinton Christian (46-44) and Lamar Christian (45-30).
Lamar Christian 45, Prairie View 30
Cole Needham fired in 22 points as Purvis Lamar Christian (Miss.) captured third place in the tournament Saturday afternoon.
Myles Needham scored all seven of his points in the first quarter as the Lions built a 13-4 lead and never looked back.
Cole Needham hit 12 points in the second period as LCS widened the spread to 25-7 at halftime.
LCS outscored the Spartans 11-8 in the third quarter behind five points from Nathan Jones. Jacob Walker had a three-point play for the Spartans, who entered the fourth quarter trailing 36-15.
Held to one field goal through the first half and four buckets through three quarters, the Spartans outscored the Lions 15-9 in the fourth quarter, but the damage had been done.
Cole Needham was joined in the Lions' scoring by Myles Needham and Jones with seven apiece, Cade Mattison with five, and Ross Broome and Luke Bilbo with two each.
Layton Woodard paced the Spartans (12-12) with nine points. Layton Rainbolt added eight — six in the fourth quarter. Alex Dupree, Hayes Crockett and Walker all scored three with two each by Tanner Caldwell and Trevor Hobson.
LCS sank 8-of-10 (80 percent) free throws, while the Spartans were 10-of-14 (71.4 percent).
Clinton Christian 46, Prairie View 44
Zach Bauman and Tyree Thompson combined for 36 points as Clinton Christian (Miss.) nipped Prairie View in Friday's semifinal.
Hayes Crockett scored 10 points on a pair of 3-pointers and Layton Rainbolt added nine points with an & one as the Spartans sprinted to a 23-14 first quarter lead.
CCA gradually chipped away from there.
Thompson scored five points in the second quarter as the Cougars closed within 30-26 at the break.
Receiving a 3-pointer and a deuce from Bauman, CCA cut the deficit to 38-35 at the end of three.
CCA outscored the Spartans 11-6 in the fourth quarter behind five points from Bauman and four from Thompson.
Bauman nailed four 3-pointers — one in each quarter — en route to a game-high 20 points. Thompson finished with 16.
Scoring for the Spartans were Crockett with 19, Rainbolt with 17, Layton Woodard with four, and Alex Dupree and Tanner Caldwell with two.
Both teams struggled from the free throw line as the Cougars were 4-for-12 (33.3 percent) and the Spartans went 4-for-9 (44.4 percent).
Both meetings between the Cougars and Spartans have been decided by a total five points. CCA won the regular season matchup on its home court, 66-63.
Prairie View 51, Ben's Ford 42
Layton Rainbolt, Hayes Crockett and Layton Woodard all scored in double figures as the Spartans downed Bogaulsa Ben's Ford Christian in the quarterfinals Thursday afternoon.
With the victory, the Spartans (12-10) punched their ticket to the State Tournament for the first time since 2006.
Rainbolt scored five points, including a 3-pointer, as the Spartans grabbed a 9-5 first quarter lead.
With Rainbolt adding another trifecta in the second period, Prairie View upped the margin to 20-11 at halftime.
With Kameron Underwood exploding for 17 points in the third quarter, the Eagles shaved the deficit to 32-31.
Regaining the momentum, the Spartans outscored the Eagles 19-11 in the final frame. Crockett scored eight points in the quarter on a pair of buckets and four free throws.
Rainbolt was high scorer for the Spartans with 16, Crockett had 13 and Woodard 12. Rounding out the attack were Alex Dupree with eight and Tanner Caldwell with two.
Underwood led all scorers with 26 and Dalton Crain added 11 for the Eagles.
Prairie View was 17-of-31 (54.8 percent) from the line, including 9-of-15 (60 percent) in the fourth quarter. Ben's Ford was 7-of-14 (50 percent) from the free throw stripe, 1-of-6 (16.7 percent) in the final quarter.