Axtell fell to Southern Valley 31-51 in the regular season closer at Axtell on February 19. The Cats entered the post-season at 8-13.
Both teams had trouble generating points for a while in the opening period as four minutes into the game Southern Valley had just a 2-0 lead. But in the latter stages of the quarter Axtell scored on three straight possessions and the Eagles converted on their final five possessions. After one period Southern Valley led 14-6.
In the second quarter, the Eagles again scored most of their points in the final three minutes while the Cats got their points in the middle of the period. Southern Valley had a 12-5 advantage and went in at halftime ahead 26-11.
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