Bautista finished with 13 points, but they were all scored in the third quarter. Braxton Thomas had eight points in the decisive second quarter — helping Dalton post a 20-point halftime lead against the Raiders (4-21, 2-8) — and finished with 10. Demond Rucker added 11 for the Cats.
Southeast will play at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Dalton against the No. 5 seed from the sub-region, with the winner advancing to next week’s region tournament.
The Cats will wait to see the outcome of the regular season to find out their seeding for the tournament.
Northwest has clinched the top seed, and if Heritage loses either of its final two regular-season games, Dalton will be the No. 2 seed.