In a wild contest from start to finish, the Huntsville boys basketball team won their first playoff game in years by defeating Waco 77-64 at Hearne High School on Tuesday evening. 

Led by junior Ricko Bennett, who scored a team high 13 points, the Hornets got out to an early lead, then held off a furious rally by the Lions. The Huntsville boys advance to the area round and will face Tomball Memorial later this week. A site and game time have yet to be determined. 

Full details from the game, along with photos, will be in Wednesday's copy of The Item and also available online.