HUNTSVILLE, Texas -- Navasota outlasted district rival Madisonville 78-68 to advance to the regional tournament Friday.
The Mustangs cut a 17-point second half Rattler lead to five, but could not complete the comeback.
The Rattlers rocked the rim to jump out a big first quarter lead, as Josh Lowery and Tren'Davion Dickson combined for three dunks.
Navasota beat the Mustangs for the third time this season.
Navasota will take on West Orange-Stark Friday at 8 p.m. in the 3A Region III semifinals at Johnson Coliseum in Huntsville.
The first semifinal Friday will be Houston Yates against Mexia at 6 p.m.