The Cardinals exploded at the opening of the third quarter with a 7-0 run to take a 34-33 edge. Hapeman ended the outburst with a jumper.
“I think a big part of that is defensively we switched up defenses again to see if we couldn't try to change the momentum somewhat and got some turnovers,” Witzel said. “They took some quick shots. We got some runouts.”
The game remained close after that.
Goreville edge ahead 50-46 to start the final quarter, but Hapeman helped the Cardinal claw back, once again. The senior sank a shot. Then with 1:45 left in the game, Hapeman canned a 3-pointer to give the Cardinals a 61-60 lead.
It was the opening Woodlawn needed. Goreville got to the foul line late, but finish with several critical misses. Woodlawn by contrast had Ross Owens, Hapeman and Phelps step up and hit most their attempts.