ARMSTRONG — Gobs of paper towels.
Six or seven bandages.
A postgame shower.
Strips of athletic tape just below Parker Perrero's left elbow that run just shy of his left biceps.
Seemingly nothing could contain the blood coming out of said elbow after the Fisher senior point guard landed hard midway through the second quarter of the Bunnies' 54-42 Class 1A Armstrong-Potomac Regional semifinal win against the Trojans and opened a cut the size of a nickel.
"It still hasn't stopped bleeding," Perrero said 15 minutes after the game. "I'm going to need stitches, but my adrenaline was going too much in the game (to notice)."
Fourth-seeded Armstrong-Potomac had difficulty containing the aggressive Perrero in the second half. Perrero finished with 10 points, seven steals and four assists to carry Fisher to its first win since Jan. 6.
"Parker's leading us right now," Fisher coach Ron Ragle said. "He's doing what the point guard's supposed to do. He's really grown up this season. I have basically rode him hard to be a good point guard (since seventh grade), and all that's paid off. I think he'd say the same thing.
"He carried us tonight."
The victory, which snapped a 10-game losing skid, put the top-seeded Bunnies (14-14) into Friday's regional final against the winner of tonight's 7:30 game between No. 2 Judah Christian and No. 3 Urbana Uni High.
The Bunnies overcame a strong start by the Trojans (12-17) to wear down the host school in the second half. Ragle opened the third quarter with Fisher in a 1-4 isolation set against A-P's man-to-man defense, and he let Perrero go to work breaking down the defense.
Perrero had all four of his assists in the third quarter as Fisher pushed its 26-21 halftime lead to double digits. He fed senior guard Boyd Estes, senior forward Dylan Chapman and senior forward Taw Fredrickson, who poured in a game-high 20 points and grabbed seven rebounds, for corner three-pointers after he penetrated and kicked.
"All game I could beat my man off the dribble, so once Coach said go (iso), I just knew it was my time to step up and go make plays," Perrero said. "Once Boyd made that corner three, I just knew it was going be a good game."
Fredrickson's trey from the left corner pushed Fisher's lead to 43-30 with 2:35 left in the third quarter, and A-P never cut its deficit to fewer than seven the rest of the way.
Senior forward D.J. Davis led A-P with nine points while senior guards Lewis Irvin (seven points) and Shay Fitzsimmons (six points, eight rebounds, four assists) had solid games. Senior forward Brandon Sparks added seven points and five rebounds off the bench for the Trojans, who shot 6 of 27 in the final three quarters after making 7 of 10 in the first quarter.
The Bunnies alternated between man-to-man and a matchup 2-3 zone in the first quarter but stuck exclusively with the zone after the first quarter.
"They're lanky," A-P coach Brian Russell said. "We started getting the ball inside, and we had some open shots. They just didn't fall. When that happens, it frustrates you as a coach and frustrates you as a player. In my opinion, it's right there. If we're able to knock down a couple of those looks it's a different ballgame."
The Bunnies made 10 of 15 at the free throw line in the fourth quarter to quell any fears of a possible comeback by the Trojans. Now, Fisher will try to claim its second straight regional title Friday.
"It's going to be intense," Fredrickson said. "That's what regionals are all about."