CRETE — The Sutton boys basketball team overcame an 11-point halftime deficit to defeat Johnson County Central 55-47 in Monday's Class C-2, District 1 final game to advance to the state tournament.
The Mustangs (25-1) shot just 33 percent in the first half, including 3-for-13 from 3-point range. It was a different story in the second half when Sutton was 6-for-9 from beyond the arc.
With the win, the Mustangs will be the No. 1 seed going into the state tournament March 7. Sutton will take on Crofton (11-13) in the first round at 9 a.m. at Lincoln High.
Sutton trailed Johnson County 44-41 in the fourth quarter before Mustang senior Austan Rath scored seven straight points. Rath scored on a layup, drawing a foul which led to a technical foul for Johnson County (22-4). He converted the old-fashioned three-point play and then hit both technical free throws. The Mustangs got the ball after the foul, and Rath drove to the hoop for another layup, giving Sutton a 48-44 lead.