Colton Ray

Huntland's Colton Ray dribbles near the top of the key during a game Tuesday against Cascade High School. Ray scored 17 points in the 65-61 loss.

The Huntland High School Hornets lost to the Cascade Champions 65-61 at home Tuesday in the quarterfinals of their district tournament.

The teams were never separated by more than nine points throughout the contest with the Hornets faltering late as they were eliminated from the bracket.

The lead changed hands a few times in the opening period with the Hornets trailing early. Will Jolley scored seven of Huntland’s 12 points in the first quarter.

They trailed 15-12 after one quarter.

The Hornets ended the first half on a 13-3 run to jump ahead of their opposition in the closing moments of the second quarter.

They led 33-32 at halftime.

The Champions ended the third quarter on an 11-0 run which was capped off by a banked-in 3-pointer at the buzzer to put the Hornets in a decent hole.

Huntland trailed 55-48 going into the final period.

The Hornets were able to cut the deficit down to just two points with less than three minutes remaining, but the Champions held them off the rest of the way as they lost by four.

Colton Ray led the Hornets with 17 points for the game, followed by Bryson Johnson and Dylan Schultz with 12 points each.

Garrett Jernigan scored 10 points, Jolley scored seven and Eli Stevenson scored three.

With the loss, the Hornets finished their season with a record of 8-19.