Arnett was out of sorts early in its Class B semifinal game against Kinta.
“The bright lights kind of got us,” Wildcats coach Allen Tune said.
Arnett hung strong, though, fighting back from an early deficit to beat Kinta 50-45 at State Fair Arena to advance to the title game.
The No. 2 Wildcats (28-3) will play top-ranked Forgan at 3:15 p.m. Saturday.
“Forgan's good obviously,” Tune said. “But this is what we've been waiting for all year.
“We've just got to play hard and hope our legs don't give out on us.”
Arnett never led until less than three minutes remaining, going ahead for the first time on Trevor Bryant's driving jumper, 41-39.
“It was nerve-racking,” Arnett's Corey Miller said. “We were just nervous early and that got us into trouble.”
Kinta, who came back from a 20-2 deficit to win its first game, started off strong, building a 20-8 lead.
But Arnett got back in the game with a 12-0 run, ending with a tying basket early in the third quarter.
Kinta had several shots to tie or go ahead in the final minute but missed a pair of 3-pointers and Arnett hit its free throws down the stretch to stay ahead.
Trevor Bryant led Arnett with 16 points. Miller added 11.
Chase Smith led Kinta (28-4) with 15 before fouling out in the final minutes.
Forgan 56, Lomega 28
Another game, another easy win.
Forgan continued to prove its dominance over Class B with a blowout win over Lomega.
Rhett Radcliff made four 3-pointers and finished with 20 points, while twin brother Ryan Radcliff scored 13 in helping the 28-1 Bulldogs into the championship game, where they will face the winner of Arnett and Kinta on Saturday at 3:15 p.m. in hopes of defending their title.
For the season, Forgan has had only two games against teams below Class 4A that were decided by fewer than 20 points. Among playoff games, Friday's 28-point win was the closest the Bulldogs have had, in addition to a couple of 49-point wins and a 70-point rout.
But moments after the semifinal victory, the Bulldogs had already turned their attention to Saturday's title game.
“Oh yeah, definitely,” Rhett Radcliff said. “We're playing for a state championship.
“We're more comfortable this year. We've been there, experienced playing for a championship.”
On Friday, Forgan scored the first 10 points of the game, and Lomega was rarely able to keep the deficit in single digits the rest of the way.
Lomega (24-8) was led by senior guard Troy Wilczek with nine points.