FAIRFIELD —At the Fairfield 2A Regional, Eldorado and Carmi-White County met for a third time. After already notching two controversial wins over the Bulldogs, the Eagles came out with a hot start, looking to prove their wins were not by chance.
The Eagles dominated the opening quarter of the ball game, led by senior Ray May, who scored or assisted on all 17 points Eldorado scored in the first frame, en route to a 51-30 victory.
Eldorado had a 17-4 lead after one quarter. But Carmi, as in the previous matchups, continued to be a thorn Eldorado's side. For the second and third quarters, the Bulldogs made the game a slog, as Carmi outscored Eldorado in those frames, 16-14.
However, Eldorado started the fourth quarter with an 11-point lead before stretching that out to a 21 point victory.
The hot start for the Eagles was fueled by May, who scored 12 points and assisted on the other two first quarter baskets. Meanwhile, the fourth quarter was anchored by the Eldorado post players. Jacob Traxler scored 7 of his 13 points in the fourth quarter, and Braden Attebury scored 5 more in the frame.
The Bulldogs' mid-game comeback attempt couldnt't get much traction against the physical Eagles defense. Carmi couldn’t muster the shooting from behind the arc that spurred the two previous close games between these rivals, as the Bulldogs made only three 3-point baskets.
Eldorado now advances to the Class 2A Robinson Sectional. The Eagles will play Teutopolis in the sectional semifinal on Wednesday night. The Eagles are now 29-2 on the year.