They say close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades.
Much was the case Wednesday night in the IHSA Class 2A Regional Semifinal at Vienna, where Eldorado got close, but couldn't get over in a 66-49 loss to the host team.
Vienna jumped out of the gate, to the tune of a 13-3 lead and that 10-point margin held for most of the game.
Vienna closed out the first quarter up 17-7, but Eldorado was able to rally in the second quarter getting as close as four points twice, once after a 3-pointer by Lexie Mitchell to make it 17-13 and again after a bucket by Lilly Mosby to make it 19-15, but Vienna went on another run and took a 29-16 lead at halftime.
Mosby was able to cut the lead to 10 to start the third with a 3-pointer to make it 29-19, but down the stretch, free throws proved to be beneficial to Vienna, who finished 17-for-24 at the stripe.
"We can't get down early to a good team and all of the teams you're going to see right now will be good," Eldorado head coach Scott Artman said. "That's not where we've been most of the season, it's just the way it works.
"We just couldn't hit the one that got us over the hump," Artman added. "A little rougher shooting again tonight. In my opinion, we didn't rebound very good at all. We let them get too many second and third chances at the bucket, especially in the first half. We just lost the rebounding edge badly. (Haleigh) Keeling was on fire tonight. I had to switch three different kids on her or we would've had nobody who could stay with her.
Keeling, Vienna's senior guard, went 10-for-15 from the foul line, finished with a game-high 23 points, followed by 15 from sophomore forward Addison Bent and another 10 points from Katelyn Wiggs.
Alyssa Jones scored six points for VHS, while Emma Rush finished with four points. Emma Treat and Natalie Webb each tacked on three points, while Bri Penrod tossed in two points.
Eldorado, who finishes its season at 17-14 and won its own Lady Eagle Mid-Winter Classic, got a team-high 19 points from Mitchell, while Mosby tossed in 12 points.
Emma Wargel added eight points and outgoing senior Jade Hise scored six points in the loss, while Paige Munds finished with four points.
Harrisburg 50, Du Quoin 39
Harrisburg knocked out Du Quoin in the Wayne City Regional Tuesday night as the Bulldogs are playing in their seventh straight regional championship and looking for the third regional crown.
The Bulldogs (27-5) took a 9-7 first quarter lead and led wire-to-wire against the Indians, who close their season at 9-19.
The Bulldogs shot 39 percent in the game, finishing 16-for-41 from the field, 4-for-16 from 3-point range and went 53 percent from the free throw line, going 14-for-26.
Harrisburg put one player in double figures as Karsyn Davis netted a double-double, scoring a team-high 19 points on 7-of-14 shooting from the field and 3-of-8 from beyond the arc. Davis also pulled down a team-high 13 rebounds, 12 of which came on the defensive end.
Madeline Rider just missed out on double figures for the Bulldogs, tossing in nine points, while Summer Sanders scored six points, Brooke Meylor finished with five points, while Alli Ferrell and Essence Sanders each tacked on three points.
Du Quoin shot 16-for-50 from the field, finishing at 32 percent and were 3-of-16 from 3-point range for 18 percent. At the free throw line, the Indians were 4-of-13 for 30 percent.
Harrisburg outrebounded Du Quoin 36-25 and forced the Indians into 15 turnovers. The Bulldogs had 17 turnovers, but came away with nine steals against DQ.
Bailey Harsy and Elizabeth Bird each put up eight points for Du Quoin, while Katie Smith and Delaynie Dearmond each scored seven points. Morgan Bullar finished with four points, while Chloe Hill tossed in three points and Ayanna Dunklin tacked on two points.
Gallatin County 61, Egyptian 37
Audrey Jackson had a season-high 33 points in propelling Gallatin County to a 61-37 win over Egyptian Tuesday night at the Meridian Regional.
McKenzie Russell added 18 points to also finish in double figures for Gallatin County, while Emma Brockett finished with four points. Morgan Oldham tossed in three points, Megan Morgan tacked on two points and Addyson Monroe threw in a free throw.
Galatia-Thompsonville 58, Cobden 42
Kate Bond scored 28 points and pulled down 11 rebounds, while Jaedyn Beers also turned in a double-double tacking on 13 points and 13 rebounds as Galatia-Thompsonville took down Cobden 58-42 Monday night in the Elverado Regional.
Bailey Crisp added eight points, while Chloe Mays finished with five points and Maddie McFarland tossed in four points.