The rim denied its arc, as the ball dinked off the left iron. Inches separated the Rockets from a potential tie game, but the ball was volleyed out by Jake Bergstrom and Boylan (22-10) was left standing one victory away from state.
Burlington Central (28-4), in a season that featured a 20-game win streak and saw senior Zach Schutta become the program's all-time leading scorer, fell just short of its first sectional title.
"I never thought it would end like that, but it did," said Mayfield, who finished with 11 points. "I just thought about the next time I'm going to be playing with Burlington Central is in the summer...I won't play for them for eight months, and this is everything to me."