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By BRODY JONES
Tuesday night turned out to be a bad night for the Harriman Blue Devils and Lady Devils as they suffered a road sweep at Wartburg.
The Lady Devils played well for a half, but then couldn’t throw it in the ocean in the second half as Wartburg picked up a 54-35 victory. The boys game was close throughout, but Harriman would be unable to pick up the win as Wartburg held on for a 67-64 victory.
Harriman heads to Grace Christian Friday for a pair of key District 3-A games.
For the Harriman Lady Devils, they would start off strong in the first half, but they lost steam in the second half as the Wartburg took a 54-35 victory Tuesday evening.
The action tipped off with Wartburg getting out to an early 11-8 lead to close the opening period. Harriman would use a 9-1 run at one stretch in the second period to take a 25-23 lead to the locker room at halftime.
To start the second half, Wartburg went on a 13-5 tear to take a 36-30 lead to the final period. Harriman had no answer for the Lady ‘Dawgs tenacious defense as Wartburg used an 18-5 final period to put the exclamation point on a 54-35 victory.
The Lady ‘Dawgs won the rebounding category 34-31 and both teams forced eight turnovers.
Wartburg was led in scoring by Taleah Armes with 12 points plus five assists. Also breaking into double digits for the Lady ‘Dawgs were Ashley Settles with a double-double of 10 points and 10 boards and Amanda Staten with 10 points and nine boards.
Also having a big night for Wartburg was Megan McWhorter with nine points, five boards and six assists.
The Lady Devils were led by Cree Moore with seven points and seven boards with Shakira Boyd, Tiffany Eskridge and Kiersten Douglass all scoring six points. Douglass had nine boards as Boyd had eight.
Also having a good day on the backboards was Shantel Boyd with eight boards.
Harriman (35) Moore 7, Eskridge 6, Shakira Boyd 6, Douglass 6, Shantel Boyd 5, Fuqua 4, Garner 1.
It should have been a thrilling 67-64 victory for the Wartburg Central Bulldogs over the Harriman Blue Devils, but the celebration was a bit subdued with Wartburg’s Josh Kidd falling with an undisclosed injury.
The action started off with Wartburg going on a 7-0 run at one stretch to take a 16-10 lead at the end of the opening period. Harriman cut the gap to one point in the second period thanks to a 9-2 run to make the halftime score 31-30.
Harriman then would take the lead at the end of the third period with a slim 46-45 lead.
In the final period, Wartburg got out to as much of a six-point lead before having to hold off a hard-charging Harriman team for the 67-64 win.
Wartburg overcame a 40-27 deficit on the boards and a 17-15 turnover margin for the win.
Caleb Bunch led all scorers with 30 points for the Bulldogs while Shawn Langley had 13 points plus five boards and five assists and Phillip Daugherty had 10 points.
Andrew Howard also had seven assists and five boards in the victory.
Harriman was led in defeat by Jarvis Inman by 19 points plus nine boards, Darius Gallaher with 14 points, Cody McGill with 12 points, and Dimitrique Inman with 10 points plus 11 boards.
Jeff Inman also had eight points plus eight boards and Willie Collins had six boards.
Harriman (64) Jarvis Inman 19, Gallaher 14, McGill 12, D. Inman 10, Jeff Inman 8, Phillips 1.