OLD WASHINGTON -- In its last game, Barnesville High faltered down the stretch and let an 18-point lead get away against Union Local.
This time, the Shamrocks didn't let that happen.
On the other side, Buckeye Trail was coming off an impressive victory against Coshocton.
This time, the Warriors were simply not ready to play.
Put those things together and it's not hard to figure out that Barnesville came out on top Friday night, posting a 55-49 victory to complete a regular season sweep Trail.
Barnesville -- a 49-43 winner against Trail in the first meeting -- led 9-7 after an uneventful first quarter but Trail got the first three buckets of the second period to move in front, 13-9, at the 5:46 mark.
The Shamrocks responded with a 7-0 run to regain the lead less than two minutes later at 16-13 remained in front by three, 25-22, at the half.
Senior Colby MacMillan had 11 points at the half for Barnesville while junior Cody Nelson had eight to pace Trail.
A seven-point third quarter off the bench by junior Dalton Smith fueled an 18-12 Barnesville edge which extended the lead to as many as 12 before Trail got within 43-34 by the end of the round.
The lead hovered between five and seven points for much of the fourth frame before Trail got consecutive hoops from Nelson and Tommy Allen to get within three with 10 seconds left only to have Barnesville's MacMillan hit three-of-four at the foul line in the final ticks to seal the outcome.
"It was rough, physical play in the first half and we weathered the storm," said Barnesville coach Chris Pack. "Our foul shooting could have put it away, but overall we did the things tonight in the fourth quarter that we didn't do against Union Local.
"Tonight proved to us we can be a dangerous team at tournament time if we can finish games," Pack added.
MacMillan led Barnesville with a 21-point night, with sophomore Bryson Stephen and freshman Preston Dornon contributing 10 tallies each. Freshman Tyler Fitzpatrick collected nine rebounds and Stephen had six.
The Shamrocks were 19-of-38 from the field; 6-of-14 three-pointers and 11-of-22 at the charity stripe with 28 rebounds and 14 turnovers.
For Trail, Nelson was the high scorer with 19 points along with seven rebounds while senior Joe Collart had 14 tallies and nine caroms. Bob Beros chipped in four rebounds and three assists.
The Warriors connected on 17-of-46 floor shots; 0-of-7 on "treys" and 15-of-20 free throws with 30 caroms and 14 miscues.
"I don't know where we were tonight," offered Buckeye Trail coach Dave Linn, "but we were not focused. That sure wasn't the team that we think we have out there.
"We got outworked tonight...plain and simple," he added, crediting Barnesville's ability to hit the three-pointers among the keys to the outcome. "We tried to help against their dribble-penetration and they kicked it out and hit them."
NEXT -- Barnesville hosts Edison in an OVAC 'consolation' game Tuesday at 6 p.m. Buckeye Trail visits Cambridge on Friday at 6 p.m.