The Ready High School boys basketball used what coach Don Worstell called "resiliency" to turn a 10-point deficit into a tight finish in a Division III state semifinal Thursday against Orrville.

Competing in its first final four since finishing as the state runner-up in 2002, the Silver Knights rallied to take a five-point lead midway through the fourth quarter but ended up on the short end of a 50-48 decision in Ohio State's Schottenstein Center.

The Red Riders improved to 21-5 and advanced to play Lima Central Catholic for the state championship at 10:45 a.m. Saturday.

Ready finishes with a 19-7 record.

"We were down by 10 with about two minutes to go in the third quarter, but our kids are so determined," Worstell said. We didn't change anything, but we did what we do better. Nobody gets here without a degree of resiliency, and they showed that they've got some, too, during the final minutes of the game."

After falling behind 33-23 with 2 minutes, 28 seconds left in the third period, Ready came back to tie it at 37 with 4:54 remaining and then got a 3-pointer from Joe Graessle and a pair of free throws from Eddy Bahen to make it 42-37. Cody Culbertson fueled the comeback by scoring six points.

Orrville's Jacob Bolyard hit a 3-pointer from about 23 feet with 3:23 left to tie it at 42, and then his team turned to 6-foot-6 post player Zach Wasson.

Wasson made one basket and hit four of seven free throws during the final four minutes.

After Wasson hit a pair of foul shots to give the Red Riders a 48-46 lead, Bahen scored to tie it with 15 seconds remaining.

On the ensuing possession, Samuel Miller was fouled with 1.8 seconds to go and hit both foul shots. Ready attempted a full-court pass but failed to get the inbounds in as Orrville hung on.

"As a team we played a great second half," Graessle said. "Our first half was a little shaky, but we knew that we could be in it. Cody stepped up huge when I wasn't hitting shots, but it wasn't enough."

The Red Riders limited Graessle - who scored 37 points in Ready's 66-57 overtime win over Cincinnati Taft in a regional final last Saturday - to six of 20 shooting and 16 points. Culbertson scored 11 and Bahen added eight as Ready shot 19-for-42 from the floor.

Orrville outrebounded the Silver Knights 30-20, including 8-4 on the offensive end.

Wasson and Bolyard both scored 13 and Miller added 12.

"I thought their ability to rebound offensively was our biggest challenge, and I think that was the difference in the game," Worstell said. "With their size, in the first half our effort was good but their athleticism was hurting us."