By Doug Gorman
After two straight losses, the Mt. Zion Bulldogs are back in the victory column.
Mt. Zion built a double-digit lead and took a 47-37 margin into the final period Tuesday night, only to watch Dutchtown rally late.
In the end, Dutchtown's hopes to complete the comeback fell short as Mt. Zion escaped with a 69-65 win.
Mt. Zion was led by Steven Wilson's 21 points, Demarcus Robinson had 13 and Karon Hodge added 12.
Dutchtown was led by Alphozo Reid with 19 and Derrick Brock with 15 points.
Dutchtown has lost its last three games by four points each.
With the victory, Mt. Zion improved its record to 4-2 overall and 1-2 in Region 4-AAAA action.
Dutchtown fell to 1-5 overall and 0-3 in league play.
Tuesday night's contest turned into a 3-point shooting contest early as Mt. Zion hit six of the long-range bombs in the first half. Dutchtown also found the range from outside, connecting on three treys in the first two quarters.
Robinson opened the game with back-to-back 3-point shots for Mt. Zion, but Avery Lynch also answered from way outside to keep the game close.
The first quarter should have been an indicator of just how close the Region 4-AAAA contest was going to be as fans were treated to seven lead changes.
Robinson's third 3-point shot of the first quarter gave Mt. Zion a 16-14 lead heading into the second quarter.
Mt. Zion's Jarrell King banged home a 3-point shot to open the second quarter, but Michael Scandrett answered with his own trey to close the Mt. Zion lead to 19-17.
Mt. Zion went then went on a 9-0 run to open the lead out to double-digits for the first time in the contest. Steven Wilson's 3-pointer with 4:40 left in the first half Mt. Zion a 28-17 lead.
Mt. Zion pushed the lead out to 33-22 at the end of the first half.
After leading by as many as 12 points after King converted a basket for Mt. Zion, Dutchtown put together a 9-2 rally of its own.
When Rodney Brown hit a basket with 1:28 remaining in the third quarter, Dutchtown had sliced into Mt. Zion's lead 42-37.
Mt. Zion's lead grew to 49-37 midway through the fourth quarter when Wilson converted a basket, but Dutchtown quickly cut into the lead.
Two free throws each by Brown and Scandrett moved the Mt. Zion lead back to single digits. Then back-back baskets by Travis May cut the lead back to 49-45, and start what turned into a fourth-quarter shootout.
Mt. Zion's lead grew back to 67-55 late in the game, but Dutchtown used a 10-2 scoring run late in the final period to close the gap. Duchtown got the lead back down to four on Reid's basket, but it turned out to be the final points for either team.
Duthtown 72, Mt. Zion 20 (girls): The Dutchtown Lady Bulldogs didn't play their best game offensively, committing turnovers at times, but it really didn't matter against region foe Mt. Zion.
After Dutchtown built a 22-2 lead at the end of the first quarter, the Region 4-AAAA contest was never in doubt.
Dutchtown led 41-13 and 62-18 after three quarters.
In the end, Dutchtown won 72-20.
Brittney Stickland led Dutchtown with 23 points and Abria Trice added 13.
Mt. Zion didn't hit its first shot from the floor until the second quarter when Dominique Givance connected on a basket with 5:30 remaining the first half.
She finished with six points for Mt. Zion.
Dutchtown as had two region blowouts the last week, but head coach Angela Williams said there are still things her team can learn from in a games like this.
"We are able to work on things in games like this that we, honestly can't do in practice so that's a good thing, so I feel things are really coming together for us."
Dutchtown improved to 5-1 overall and 3-0 in region play.
Mt. Zion is 2-5 overall and 1-2 in league action .