Connally boys beat Lorena to advance to regional tournament

HEWITT, Texas The Connally Cadets are on their way back to the regional tournament after a 10-point win over district rival Lorena.

Connally jumped ahead of Lorena in the early minutes of the game thanks to some tough defense and athletic offensive plays. An alley-oop to Je'Juan Forward and then a dunk by Korie Black set the tone for the Cadets.

Lorena kept it close early thanks to the offensive work of Bryan Ash who had all of the Leopards points but three in the first quarter. Ash got into some first half foul trouble in the 2nd quarter and Connally took advantage.

The Cadets built their lead to 10 in the first half and then they were able to maintain that throughout the second half.

Connally's win sends the Cadets back to Huntsville for the regional tournament. They'll face Houston Yates in the regional semifinals on Friday night.