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More than survival for MacArthur girls

Come playoff time, "survive and advance" becomes more than just a mantra for teams.

It's a mentality.

The MacArthur girls survived a late surge by Guthrie, hanging on for a 53-44 win in Monday's regional championship at the Highlander Fieldhouse.

The Highlanders (16-7) advance to the area round as regional champions, despite a fourth quarter in which they did not make a single shot from the field. But the name of the game this time of year is to simply win, and the Highlanders made free throws down the stretch Monday to do just that.

Prior to the season, Mac coach David Vann gave his team a list of goals he and his team hoped to accomplish. They wanted to host a regional. They wanted to make the area round. They wanted to make the state tournament. And fourth, they wanted what every team wants: a gold ball.

Vann said that even if his team's two victories at regionals weren't always easy on the eye  or his blood pressure  his team still accomplished one of its major goals.

"I've been telling the girls that if we take care of regionals, we could take care of our third goal, which is qualify for state," Vann said. "So I'm happy for the girls."

The Highlanders got off to a hot start early as they kept the Blue Jays' offense subdued. Guthrie did not make a field goal until nearly five minutes had passed. Not only that, but Guthrie had trouble converting free throw opportunities in the first half, as well as for most of the night in what quickly became a physical, foul-filled game. Guthrie made 13 of their 25 free throw attempts on the night.

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