This year when they met, one team's stay in the Class 1A State Tournament would turn out to be a short one.
And a year after the Viola Lady Longhorns had slid past the Poyen Lady Indians for a trip to the state semi-finals, Poyen had its revenge.
Poyen did just enough in the last two minutes of play to hold on for a tight 49-45 win over Viola in the Class 1A State Tourney's opening round March 3 at Hillcrest High School in Lynn.
The Lady Indians (25-8) led 38-29 at the end of three periods, but the Lady Longhorns (28-12) playing in back-to-back state tournaments for the first time in four decades, were not ready to give it up.
Midway into the fourth period, Heather Simmons and Dedra Johnston drilled back-to-back triples that pulled Viola within a single point, down 44-43. That was the closest Viola had been to Poyen since early in the second period.
But Poyen's Alison Crowder responded with an equally-large 3-pointer for the Lady Indians the next time down the court.
Michaela Thompson (12 points) banked in a tough shot in traffic with 1:06 showing on the clock, keeping Viola within two points.
The Lady Longhorns had a chance to pull even after Poyen missed a shot in the lane, but two missed free throws by Viola saw the Lady Indians still in front 47-45.
Poyen returned the favor by coming up short on the front end of a one-and-one with 36 ticks left. However, the Lady Indians came down with the rebound of the missed charity toss, only to throw it into the back court, turning the ball over to Viola at the 20-second mark.
Viola got off a 3-point attempt, but it missed the mark, forcing the lady Longhorns to foul, sending Poyen's Autumn James to the free throw stripe with 16 seconds left to play.
Jones hit both free throws, icing the 49-45 win for the Lady Indians.
Leslie Barker (eight points) hit a 3-ball and Thompson racked up an old-fashioned 3-point play in the first period to help Viola pull even with Poyen, 9-all, after one.
The Lady Indians opened up a 17-11 lead in the second, and Poyen would not trail again in the contest.
Taylor Griggs (17 points) did stop a 7-2 Poyen run in the middle of the second with a hoop in the lane.
Thompson hit a bucket in the lane and then Barker drilled her second trey with five ticks left in the second, sending the teams to intermission with the Lady Indians on top 24-18.
Viola was within four points late in the third, when Poyen got back-to-back 3-pointers to help the Lady Indians push their cushion to 38-29 after three.
Leslie Shrable finished with two points for the regional runners-up from Viola.
James scored 15 points to lead Poyen, while Crowder followed with 14.