DUMAS — For almost 10 minutes, Bauxite could not make a field goal against a much bigger Dollarway squad and committed plenty of unforced turnovers.

DUMAS — For almost 10 minutes, Bauxite could not make a field goal against a much bigger Dollarway squad and committed plenty of unforced turnovers.

Dollarway’s 16-1 lead through the first quarter was a hard-enough early blow, spurring the Cardinals to a 61-35 victory Wednesday in a 4A South Regional quarterfinal. The winner will play tonight’s Maumelle vs. Dumas winner at 8:30 p.m. Friday.

“We knew we had to set a statement up in this tournament so that everyone knew that Dollarway was here,” said senior forward Jamal Burton, who led the Cards with 14 points and totaled seven rebounds.

Dollarway, the 8-4A Conference champion, qualified for a state tournament berth after missing it last season with a regional loss to Pulaski Academy. The win also helped the Cards move on from a tough week in which they had to forfeit two 8-4A games for using an ineligible player, costing them a 14-0 conference record.

Davonne Chapman followed with 10 points off the bench. Bauxite’s Cody McPherson led all scorers with 18 points.

Bauxite (14-15), the fourth-place team from the 7-4A Conference, struggled against the Cardinals’ full-court press early, but when the Miners did break it, their miscommunication on offense created a number of turnovers. The Cards also kept the Miners from settling into their half-court offensive sets early on.

“That was our goal, to try and not let them past half-court,” Dollarway coach Ellis Berry said. “In the first half, we played pretty much sound defense and ran our plays like we wanted to on offense.”

The Cards didn’t allow the Miners to score a field goal until Chris Reaves finished a backdoor play at the 6:25 mark of the second quarter to make it 18-3. McPherson scored eight points in the second quarter, helping Bauxite pull within 29-17 at halftime.

Hunter Holder sank a three-point basket early in the third to draw Bauxite within 31-22, the first time it was behind by single digits since it was 9-1. But Dollarway pulled out to a 41-26 lead by quarter’s end and held Bauxite to two field goals in the fourth while the Cardinals’ reserves accounted for 16 of the team’s 20 points in the period.

“We saw that we were giving them too many opportunities to take the open shot, so coach told us to get out there and contest those shots,” Burton said. “Also, we had to match up a little bit because we knew if we stayed back in a zone, they were going to shoot. They had some shooters.”

The Cards outrebounded the Miners 27-6. Bauxite’s size disadvantage — its tallest player was 6-foot-1 Tyler Hill — was an Achilles’ heel all season, coach Mark Smith said.

“We pretty much knew what to expect,” Smith said. “We just didn’t handle it the way we visualized we might. We told our guys we’ll have some good waves and bad waves. When we had a bad wave, we rode it out. We were down 18-1 and we cut it down to nine. We rode out the bad, had a good wave, and the bad wave came back again.”

Lawrence Allen and Kabion Ento added eight and seven points, respectively, for Dollarway. Hill had six points and Holder scored six for Bauxite.