HERSHEY, Pa. (WKBN) – Hickory rallied from a 19-point deficit to take a one-point lead late in the fourth quarter, but it wasn’t enough as the Hornets fell to Allentown Central Catholic 41-40 in the PIAA Class 4A State Championship game in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

Trailing by one point with five seconds left, Hickory had a chance to win it. But Connor Evans’ fadeaway shot was off the mark, securing the slim victory for the Vikings.

The Hornets struggled from the floor in the first half, shooting just 14.3% from the floor.

Matthew Cannone led Hickory with 11 points in the loss. Peyton Mele and Connor Evans finished with 10 points apiece for the Hornets.

Liam Joyce led Allentown Central Catholic with a game-high 18 points.

Thursday was the Hornets’ first trip to the state championship game since 1961.

Hickory’s season ends with a record of 23-4.

Allentown Central Catholic improves to 20-4 with the state championship victory.