Shermane Pressley (1) celebrates Hylton's quarterfinal win on Friday. (Jacob Bogage/The Washington Post)

The quick jab of Joshua Jones’s feet was all it took, and then Hylton’s offense flowed like a riptide and dragged Madison into the deep end.

He drained a three-pointer with four minutes to play that cut Madison’s lead to 10, and Bulldogs Coach Barry Smith called a timeout. 

What’s 13 points to a team with energy? That’s what Smith asked his team in the huddle, referring to the deficit the team had been facing just moments earlier. What’s 13 points to a team that gets stops, dives for loose balls and makes open shots?

“We had a little bit of time to get back in the game, and we got stop after stop,” Jones said. 

Thirteen points is not a whole lot, Hylton proved. It will play for a state semifinal after warding off No. 18 Madison, 65-60, in a Virginia 6A quarterfinal Friday at Robinson Secondary School in Fairfax.

The Warhawks (23-7) went scoreless in the game’s final 4:37.

Jones dived on top of a loose ball that set up a layup, then another, and handed the Bulldogs (20-7) momentum with less than four minutes to play. 

Jones made two of three free throws after getting clobbered behind the arc by Sam Kidd, then swiped the ball from John Finney in the corner and went coast-to-coast to cut the lead to two. 

Marcus Stephens followed by snagging a Madison pass out of the air and tied the game at 60 with another layup. 

Hylton scored 34 points in the paint and 19 off turnovers. 

“We had to be patient,” senior forward Dwayne Hill said. He scored a game-high 18 points. “Don’t overplay it. It’s going to be there.”

The Warhawks emerged with the hot hand Friday. With star point guard Johnny Corish in foul trouble, Nick Hugie had nine of his 12 points in the first half. 

When Corish returned, Madison started a 14-1 run in the third quarter that put it up 15.

“This is going to get ugly,” Smith said in another timeout, “if we don’t start playing.”

To open the fourth quarter, Corish hit Riley Jorgenson for a three from the corner. But Hylton outscored Madison 18-4 the rest of the game. 

“We allowed them to get comfortable,” Jones said. “We knew we had to get back in the game, and thank God we found a way.”

W.T. WOODSON 75, FRANKLIN COUNTY 46: The Eagles tried to sway momentum in a Virginia 6A quarterfinal when they were down 20 with five minutes to play in the fourth quarter.

But that was too late to mount a charge against the Cavaliers, a perennial state title contender. W.T. Woodson coolly responded to a three-pointer with a ho-hum dunk from Matthew Urbach and a la-dee-da three-ball the next trip down. The win, in which Woodson led by 29, felt routine. 

“There’s no sauce. There’s no secret,” Coach Doug Craig said. “It’s just good, fundamental basketball.”

LANDSTOWN 60, HERNDON 48: The upset-prone darlings of the Virginia 6A boys’ basketball tournament were beaten, this time for good, by the Eagles, the bracket’s top seed.

“There’s no sauce, there’s no secret,” Coach Doug Craig said. “It’s just good, fundamental basketball.”

An 11-3 run from Landstown, sparked by Michael Christmas’s eight-point third quarter, buried the Hornets as they tried to keep the game close. 

Christmas led all scorers with 19 points. Michael Griffin had 11 points to lead the Hornets.

WESTERN BRANCH 77, WEST POTOMAC 76: The Wolverines erased a 13-point deficit to take a six-point lead in the game’s final two minutes. But the Bruins manufactured a 6-0 run and forced a late turnover to pull out a victory.

Christmas led all scorers with 19 points. Michael Griffin had 11 points to lead the Hornets.

Locals fall in 5A tournament

In its 62-56 win in Hampton, Bethel outscored Wakefield 15-9 down the stretch after Warriors point guard Alan Treakle tied the game at 47 with a lay-in with six minutes to play.

The Bruins responded with an 8-2 run to take a four-point lead it wouldn’t give up.

HAMPTON 64, POTOMAC 52: The Panthers ended the third quarter down by just three points, but the Crabbers went on a 12-4 run in the fourth quarter to open a 55-46 lead with two minutes to play.

Marquis Godwin led Hampton with 22 points.

In the day’s first quarterfinal, Potomac Falls lost to L.C. Bird, 61-44.