Defending state champs and No. 3 seeded Smyrna, avoided an upset loss to No. 14 Woodbridge in the second round Thursday night, defeating the Blue Raiders, 63-59 to move onto the state quarterfinals.
Leading by eight after one quarter, Smyrna saw Woodbridge make a second quarter run, cutting the Eagles lead to 35-31 at the halftime break.
In the third, Woodbridge would overtake Smyrna, leading 53-51 heading into the fourth and final quarter.
Smyrna’s defense cracked down in the fourth quarter, holding Woodbridge to just six points in the final stanza, while doubling them up on the scoreboard to walk away with a four-point victory and a spot in the quarterfinals Saturday.
Three Eagles finished in double-figures Thursday night, led by Greg Bloodworth’s team-high 21 points, followed by Jaymeir Garnett who finished with 17 points and Caleb Matthews who ended the night with 16 points.
Matthews and Bloodsworth also combined for eight three-pointers in the win.
The Eagles move onto the state quarterfinals Saturday at the University of Delaware, taking on No. 6 Sussex Tech at 6 p.m.