The Morton Junior High eighth-grade boys basketball season ended Saturday.

The Morton Junior High eighth-grade boys basketball season ended Saturday.

The Junior Potters lost 36-31 to Champaign Franklin in the quarterfinals of the Illinois Elementary School Association Class 4A state tournament.

The Knights outscored MJHS (23-3) 16-4 in the fourth quarter to overcome a seven-point deficit entering the final six-minute segment.

The Junior Potters, directed by eighth-grade coach Kirk Schick, were led by Jarrett Crider’s 12 points, which shared game-high honors with Franklin’s Torious Caston.

Eric Hanson had 10 points and Barik Olden nine for MJHS, which reached the state tournament at Urbana Middle School after beating Normal Parkside 29-21 on Feb. 11 in the Sectional 6 title game in Bloomington.

This was the first time in 11 years the Junior Potters eighth-grade boys qualified for state. The 2004 squad placed second.