DOTHAN, AL -- Washington County has been gunning for a rematch with Elba in Class 2A all season long. The Bulldogs will get their chance after rolling past Samson 74-49 in Wednesday's 2A Regional Semifinal.
With the win, Washington County advances to face Elba on Saturday at 10:40 a.m. for the 2A Regional Title, and a trip to the Final Four next week in Birmingham. Elba beat Washington County in the regional final last season.
The Bulldogs broke open a close game on Wednesday by dominating the second and third quarters. Washington County led Samson by five points after the first quarter, before outscoring the Tigers 35-16 over the next two quarters.
Tyler Green led Washington County with 18 points, Cedric Chapman added 15 points and Braxton Kinsey chipped in 10 points for the Bulldogs. Washington County (21-3) shot 51 percent from the floor and earned 30 trips to the free throw line, making 17.
Jordan Holley led Samson with 14 points. The Tigers end the year with an 18-12 record.
Elba - 54 Houston Academy - 34
For three quarters, Houston Academy held Elba's high powered offense at bay. In a blink, the Tigers came alive, and the Raiders hopes at an upset were swept away.
Elba started the 4th quarter on a 10-0 run and outscored the Raiders 21-6 in the final period, winning their 2A South Regional Semifinal 54-34. With the win, Elba advanced to face the winner of Samson and Washington County on Saturday morning at 10:40 a.m. at the Dothan Civic Center.
Houston Academy trailed by four at halftime, and just five points entering the fourth quarter. However, cold shooting and turnovers doomed the Raiders down the stretch.
H-A (20-8) shot just 30 percent from the floor and committed 16 turnovers on the night. Richard Howell led the Raiders with 13 points and eight rebounds.
Elba star Cobe Goosby had 21 points and 10 rebounds to pace the Tigers (24-2). Nick Green added 14 points and Martavious Gray chipped in 10 for Elba.