Blue Devils sweep Cherokees

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By Brody Jones

The Harriman Lady Blue Devils had to withstand a torrid three-point barrage from the Greenback Lady Cherokees, but managed to hold on for a gutsy 41-36 win Friday evening at home.

Greenback took an early 5-2 lead to start the game, but Harriman responded with a 7-0 swing to take a 9-5 first period lead. 

Madison Duncan led all scorers for Harriman with three points to start the game. 

Greenback would go on an 8-0 tilt to take a 13-9 lead at one stretch in period number two, but Harriman battled back to tie the game at 16-16 going into the locker room at halftime with Duncan leading Harriman with six points at the break. 

Harriman would pull out to a 29-26 third period lead with Haley Goldston (9 points) leading the Lady Devils going down the stretch. 

Harriman would manage to stave off a couple of close-calls from Greenback to take the 41-36 win. 

Harriman had a 29-25 edge on the boards. Both teams had seven steals, but Greenback had a 5-0 advantage from the three-point line. 

Duncan (11 points, 8 boards), Goldston (10 points, 6 boards), and Darian Boyd (9 points) led the Harriman scoring charge.

Harriman (41) Duncan 11, Goldston 10, Boyd 9, L. Sells 4, Gallaher 3, Lunsford 2, Franklin 2.

Boys Game

The Greenback Cherokees had the Harriman Blue Devils on the ropes for much of the game, but the Blue Devils staged an "X"-cellent comeback with good "Works" done in the process as Xavier Howard and Chris Works tag-teamed for 38 of Harriman's 56 points in a 56-51 thriller Friday night. 

A sluggish start by the Blue Devils had them trailing 12-4. Harriman, however, battled back with tenacity to tie the game at 18-18 at the half on the strength of a 14-6 run. 

Chris Works (9 points) led the Devils in scoring at the half. 

Both teams combined for 44 third-period points with Greenback taking a 41-39 lead into the final period. 

Xavier Howard (14 points) started to awaken from his first-half offensive slumber, and in the final stanza, the "X-Man" avenged his team's deficit, scoring eight of Harriman's final 15 points for the 56-51 win. 

Harriman (35-27) won the boards and in steals (12-9). 

Howard (22 points, 6 boards, 5 steals), and Works (16 points, 12 boards, 5 assists) plus Jayln Wilkie (8 points, 10 boards) led the Devils in victory.

 Harriman (56) Howard 22, Works 16, Wilkie 8, Hamby 5, G. Jenkins 3, Gresham 2.