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Coalfield ends Harriman girls' run

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By The Staff

By GOOSE LINDSAY

rcsports@bellsouth.net

In what was a fast-paced and close game throughout, the Coalfield Lady Yellow Jackets ended Harriman’s season Friday night with a 67-63 victory at Harriman’s Richard Pickell Gymnasium.

The Lady Jackets trailed for much of Friday’s contest, but Carmen Hines’ squad finally pulled even midway through the final period then the Lady Jackets ended the game on a 10-4 run to take the victory.

Coalfield’s four-point margin of victory was actually the Lady Jackets biggest lead of the night.

Harriman’s biggest lead came less than two minutes into the contest as Shakira Boyd buried a pair of jumper and Moriah Anderson added a third as Harriman led 6-0 with 6:11 to play in the first period.

The rest of the period would be a track meet. Coalfield rallied to take a 12-11 lead with 2:38 left in the quarter, but the Lady Devils ended the period with a 6-2 run that made the score 18-14 after eight minutes of play.

Anderson and Shantel Boyd led Harriman with five points each in the opening period while Coalfield’s Danielle Elsea led all scorers in the first eight minutes of play with six points.

Both teams continued to score well in the second period, but neither team put together a big enough run to create any separation. Coalfield would outscore Harriman 13-12 in the period to make the score 30-27 at halftime in favor of the Lady Devils.

Olivia Scarbrough scored five points in the period for Coalfield while Harriman Kiersten Douglass scored all six of her first half points in the final 2:56 of the sec-ond period.

The third period was more of the same as each team seemingly scored at ease. Harriman’s lead grew to 41-36 with 3:29 to play in the quarter, but the Lady Jackets ended the period with an 11-5 run to take a 47-46 lead with eight minutes to play.

Douglass had a huge third period for the Lady Devils, scoring nine points while Coalfield’s one-two punch of Elsea and freshman Alaina Jordan combined for 13 points in the period.

The final period opened with Harriman making a run. Douglass buried four baskets within a span of 1:48 to give the Lady Devils a 54-49 lead with 5:51 left in the contest.

Coalfield, however, answered with an old-fashioned three-point play from Whittney Walls and a deuce from Jordan to tie the game at 54 with 5:04 left to play.

Things continued to be tight down the stretch.

Coalfield would take a 61-58 lead with 1:52 left to play on a Jordan put back, but Harriman answered with a three-pointer from Shantel Boyd to tie the score at 61 with 1:36 left to play.

Coalfield came back with a pair of free throws from Scarbrough with 1:19 left then Jordan blocked a shot on defense and that led to a Scarbrough put back to give the Lady Jackets a 65-61 lead with 49 seconds left.

Harriman answered with a Shantel Boyd jumper with 37 seconds left then the Lady Devils got a big break when Coalfield turned the ball over while trying to ad-vance past half court.

Harriman got what they wanted on their next possession as they got it down low to Douglass, but her turnaround jumper would not fall then Coalfield iced the game with a pair of free throws from Jordan with 6.9 seconds left in the contest.

Jordan led Coalfield on the night as the freshman ended the evening with 23 points, nine rebounds, four assists, three steals and three blocks.

Scarbrough (14 points, 12 rebounds, 3 assists), Elsea (14 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists) and Walls (12 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists) also scored in double figures for the Lady Jackets.

Douglass led Harriman on the night with a season-high 23 points to go along with 13 rebounds. Shantel Boyd was next in line with 13 points while Anderson added 10.

Tiffany Eskridge had a game-high eight assists for Harriman in the loss.

Harriman’s season ends with an 11-14 record while Coalfield advanced to Monday’s Region 2-A semifinals and a match-up with Oliver Springs.

Coalfield (67) Walls 12, Landrum 2, Scarbrough 14, Newberry 2, Elsea 14, Jordan 23.

Harriman (63) Douglass 23, Fuqua 2, Eskridge 4, Anderson 10, Shakira Boyd 6, Shantel Boyd 13, Price 2, Moore 3.