Strafford edges Blair Oaks in Class 3 quarterfinals


Daniel McCarty of the Blair Oaks Falcons goes up for a shot during Saturday afternoon’s Class 3 quarterfinal game against the Strafford Indians at the Hammons Student Center in Springfield.

Daniel McCarty of the Blair Oaks Falcons goes up for a shot during Saturday afternoon’s Class 3 quarterfinal game against the Strafford Indians at the Hammons Student Center in Springfield. Jim McCarty/Special to the News Tribune

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — The road to the Final Four came to an emotional end for the Blair Oaks Falcons.

After struggling offensively through three quarters, the Falcons willed their way back in the game to force overtime tied at 37.

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Blair Oaks grabbed a one-point lead with under two minutes left, but Strafford was able to make just enough shots down the stretch to capture a 51-47 victory in the Class 3 quarterfinals Saturday at Hammons Student Center.

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