Metamora survived a scare from upset-minded IVC Tuesday night in a 56-55 win over the Grey Ghosts in the Class 3A Ottawa Regional semifinal.
The No. 2-seeded Redbirds will advance to play top-seeded Washington Friday for the Regional title and the right to advance to the Peoria Sectional.
Washington beat fourth-seeded LaSalle-Peru 67-20 in the first semifinal Tuesday night.
“We beat them by as much as we had to. We beat them by one,” said Metamora coach Danny Grieves. “We’re glad to get another shot at Washington.”
Third-seeded IVC outscored Metamora in every quarter except the first quarter (a 21-13 Metamora advantage).
Jackson Grieves (19 points), Jared Dehm (15) and Ben Friday (14) led the Redbirds in scoring. Friday had nine rebounds.
Read more about this game and Friday’s title game in the March 7 edition of the Woodford Times.