GREENFIELD — The Cougars saved their best for last.
Unfortunately for them, their best wasn’t good enough.
Anderson held off Greenfield-Central in a wild fourth quarter, prevailing 54-51 in the quarterfinals of the Class 4A Sectional 9 tournament at G-C Tuesday evening.
The Cougars, who entered as 23-point underdogs according to Sagarin ratings, stayed close by packing the paint with a 3-2 zone, inviting the Lady Tribe — the defending sectional champions — to beat them with open jump shots.
The blue and gold also wanted Anderson, shooting 58 percent as a team from the free throw line before Tuesday, to frequent the charity stripe if the game was close.
The plan almost worked.