HANCEVILLE — Latraius Mosley has had his share of big games in the past, but Tuesday’s night’s 24-point performance may be the Tanner High senior’s most impressive showing yet.

Mosley couldn’t miss in the opening minutes, sparking Tanner offensively with 22 points in the first half.

Behind the hot hand of Mosley, Tanner built a lead early in the game that Cold Springs was never able to overcome. The Rattlers cruised to a 71-56 win in the Class 2A Northwest Regional semifinals Wednesday night.

With the win, Tanner advances to play Mars Hill in the regional final Friday afternoon.

“We knew that Mosley was a good player coming into this,” Cold Springs coach Tim Burleson said. “(Tanner) has a talented team, and they really played well. That’s all you can really say.”

Heading into the game, Tanner coach Chris Whitt was concerned about Cold Springs’ ability to knock down 3-pointers. But as it turned out, the Rattlers were the team that shot for a high percentage from behind the arc.

Tanner made seven 3-pointers in the game, shooting over 45 percent on the night. Mosley nailed five treys in the first half. The Rattlers also held Cold Springs to only two 3-pointers in the game.

“That was a good team we just beat,” Whitt said. “They’ve been ranked No. 3 in Class 2A all year, and they really had a good season. So we were the underdogs coming into this, which is something this group isn’t used to. But I kind of liked it.

“We had heard that they could light it up from behind the 3-point line. So we knew we had to stop that. But we also shot the ball well. Actually, that’s the best we’ve played all year.”

Tanner raced out to an eight-point lead, but Cold Springs managed to cut the lead to three midway through the second period. But the Rattlers responded before halftime with an offensive run that extended the lead to 41-29.

Matt Williams led Cold Springs with 15 points, while Anthony Vintson added 13. K.C. Dickerson tossed in 10 for the Eagles.

Tray Cosby scored 19 points for Tanner.

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