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The Harriman Middle School Blue Devils and Oliver Springs Bobcats would split their final games before Christmas Thursday night at Oliver Springs.
The girls was a nail-biter throughout and wasn’t decided until the Lady ’Cats put in a basket with one second left to pick up a 35-33 victory.
The boys game wasn’t quite as dramatic as the Blue Devils pulled away in the second half for a 45-31 victory.
Lady ’Cat Morgan Hackworth hit the biggest shot of her young career Thursday night when she put back a miss with one second left to give Oliver Springs a come-from-behind 35-33 victory over Harriman.
Oliver Springs, however, didn’t start out well as Harriman raced out to an 11-2 lead after one period of play.
The second period was just the opposite as Harriman would not score, allowing the Lady ’Cats to pull even at halftime, 11-11.
Oliver Springs’ Keeley McDonald led all scorers in the first half with six points.
The low scoring first half was a distant memory in the second half as both teams scored early and often in the third period. The teams scored a combined 28 points with Harriman holding a slim 26-24 lead entering the final period.
Taylor Bradshaw led Oliver Springs with seven points in the final period while Mari-Claire Crass scored five for the Lady Devils.
The final period basically turned into a free throw contest as the teams combined to shoot 29 foul shots in the fourth quarter. The final two free throws came with 22.4 seconds left when Bradshaw connected on a pair to tie the game at 33.
The game, however, would not be decided at the charity stripe. With six seconds left, McDonald made a drive to the basket off an inbound play. Her shot did not fall, but Hackworth was waiting on the weak side and she put in the miss to give the Lady ’Cats the victory.
Bradshaw led the Lady ’Cats with 10 points and seven rebounds. McDonald added six points and eight steals.
Crass (9 points, 11 rebounds, 5 steals) led the way for Harriman in the loss.
Harriman (33) Crass 9, Pack 6, Breeden 2, O. Goins 6, Gresham 2, M. Goins 3, Thompson 4, Presswood 1.
Oliver Springs (35) McDonald 6, Green 7, Buck 5, Bradshaw 10, Jones 3, Hackworth 4.
Thursday’s nightcap game was close for a half, but Harriman proved too strong in the second half as they went on to a 45-31 victory.
Harriman started quick as they scored the first seven points of the game, but Oliver Springs answered with seven of their own. By the time the period ended, the score was tied at 9-9.
Things remained tight in the second period, but Oliver Springs would get a pair of late baskets from Landon Everett to take a 21-19 lead at halftime.
Everett had a big first half for the Bobcats with 10 points while Nathen Arrowood and Eli Duncan scored six each for the Blue Devils.
The Blue Devils put together a run to start the second half that basically decided the game. Harriman opened the period with a 10-0 run to take a 29-21 lead. The period ended with Harriman on top, 32-25.
Arrowood (5 points) and Duncan (4 points) were again Harriman’s big guns in the frame.
Harriman delivered the dagger at the start of the final period with a 5-0 run that made the score 37-25. The Bobcats never made a run after that as the Blue Devils went on to the 14-point victory.
Arrowood (18 points, 6 rebounds, 5 steals) and Duncan (14 points, 3 steals) were the leaders for Harriman while Everett (15 points, 12 rebounds, 3 steals) had a big night for the Bobcats.
Harriman (45) Anderson 6, Moore 5, Jenkins 2, Arrowood 18, Duncan 14.
Oliver Springs (31) Farr 4, Melton 8, White 2, Davis 2, Everett 15.