Forbes Road could not contain Shade sniper Brady Fyfe.
That was the key to the Panthers' 91-69 victory over the Cardinals in a District 5 Class 1A boys basketball first round playoff game Tuesday night at Cairnbrook.
Fyfe, who came in averaging 23.7 points per game, put on a strong shooting display to score 43 points. Fyfe connected on 17 of 26 shots from the field, including 8-for-14 from 3-point range. He also led his team with 12 rebounds.
Forbes Road closes out its season with an 11-11 record. Shade (17-6) will play No. 1 seed Shanksville (22-1) on Friday in a semifinal game.
For the Cardinals, Aaron Schepis was 9-for-18 from the field and scored 22 points, while Matt Brown hit on 8 of 15 shots and had 21 points. Michael Fleck had nine boards for Forbes Road, which was out-rebounded 47-26.
The Panthers held a 22-17 lead after one quarter and 34-28 at halftime. But in the third, Shade ballooned its lead to 64-45 with a 30-17 margin. The Panthers canned a total of 13 threes on 32 attempts, while the Cardinals made 4 of 11.
Turkeyfoot Valley 94, Fannett-Metal 64: Turkeyfoot came out of the gate strong in the first round District 5 Class 1A game against Fannett-Metal, racking up 32 points in the first quarter alone.
But Fannett-Metal outscored Turkeyfoot 23-18 in the third quarter, but the tables turned in the final frame as the Rams slammed the nail in the coffin in the fourth, outscoring the Tigers 23-5.
Mikell McGee led the Tigers (9-14) with 32 points, followed by Lucas Wingert who had 14, and Austin Raymer with 10. Turkeyfoot boasted two high scorers led by Craig Little with 33 points, and Chandler Enos with 28.