Spearville, who came in ranked 3rd in Class 1A, knew they'd have their hands full with Bucklin in Friday's contest.
The Red Aces entered the contest with an 8-2 mark, losses coming to 1A power South Central and 3A Cimarron. Spearville was after a 10-0 start.
The game was back and forth from the opening tip. Spearville lead the game just 22-20 at halftime, and would extend the lead to 9 late in the third quarter. But Bucklin just wouldn't go away.
They kept on pushing the Lancers, cutting the deficit to just one with under a minute to play. Spearville hit two free throws late, and Bucklin was unable to get a clean look off on their final possession, falling 45-42.