Harriman opens season at Oakdale

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By The Staff


Roane Newspapers

It took a while for the Harriman Blue Devils to tip off the 2009 season, but the wait was worth it for Jeff King and his Blue Devils as Harriman knocked off Oakdale Tuesday night, 55-44.

The news wasn't as good for the Lady Devils, however, as the Lady Eagles improved to 4-0 on the season with a 49-39 victory over Jim Cordell's squad.

Harriman will be back in action Friday night when the Blue Devils and Lady Devils travel to Midway for a key early season match-up with the Green Wave.

Girls Game

A 19-2 first half run and a 24-6 advantage at the free throw line were the keys to victory Tuesday as the Lady Eagles picked up the 10-point victory.

Harriman started well Tuesday as they used five points from Moriah Anderson to take a 5-2 lead, but Oakdale responded with a 19-2 run that gave the Lady Eagles a 21-7 lead early in the second period.

Oakdale led 14-7 after eight minutes of play with Marissa Redmon (5 points) and Lindsey Kilby (4 points) leading the way.

After falling behind 21-7, Harriman ended the half on a 13-7 run to pull within 28-20 at the intermission.

Lindsey Higgins (6 points) and Anderson (5 points) combined for 11 of Harriman's 13 points in the second period while six players scored for Oakdale with Redmon and Natalie McGill scoring four each.

The third period was played to a draw with both teams scoring 10 points to leave the score 38-30 in favor of the Lady Eagles with eight minutes left to play.

Harriman actually held the Lady Eagles to without a field goal in the final period, but Oakdale held on from the charity stripe as Fred Snow's squad made 11 of 22 freebies in the final period to hold for the 49-39 victory.

Oakdale made 24 of 39 free throws on the night while Harriman made six of 16.

Redmon led Oakdale on the night with 11 points and 11 rebounds while Kilby (10 points, 6 rebounds) and Nicole Thompson (10 points) also scored in double figures for the Lady Eagles.

Amber Snow (9 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists) also had a solid evening for Oakdale.

Anderson (18 points, 5 rebounds, 3 steals) and Higgins (10 points, 10 rebounds) paced Harriman.

Harriman (39) Anderson 18, Daugherty 4, Higgins 10, Stockton 2, Gallaher 5.

Oakdale (49) Kilby 10, Thompson 10, Redmon 11, Snow 9, Colston 4, McGill 5.

Boys Game

It wasn't easy, but the Harriman Blue Devils opened the season Tuesday with an 11-point victory at nearby Oakdale.

Tuesday's game was intense early as Oakdale jumped out to a quick 8-2 lead, but Harriman ended the first period on an 8-2 run of their own to pull even at 10-10 at the end of the period.

The second period was also close throughout, but Harriman did outscore Oakdale 17-14 in the frame to take a 27-24 lead at halftime.

Michael Steinmetz came off the bench to lead Harriman with eight points in the first half while Ben Davis added five.

Josh Kilby (7 points), Tee Steinmetz (6 points) and D.J. Currier combined for 19 of Oakdale's 24 points in the first half.

Harriman scored just 10 points in the third period, but the third period was actually when the game was decided as Harriman's defense allowed just three points, allowing the Blue Devils to take a 37-27 lead into the final period of play.

The scoring pace picked up in the final period, but Oakdale never made a serious run at Harriman as the Blue Devils held on for the 11-point victory.

Dimitrique Inman led Harriman on the night with 14 points, eight rebounds and four assists. Ten of Inman's 14 points came in the final eight minutes of play.

Michael Steinmetz (10 points, 5 rebounds), Laquinn Sawyer (9 points, 4 rebounds, 3 steals) Shaquille Love (8 points) and Darius Gallaher (8 rebounds, 7 assists, 3 steals) also put up solid numbers in the victory.

Tee Steinmetz (16 points, 5 rebounds), Kilby (9 points, 11 rebounds) and Currier (8 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 blocks, 3 steals) led the way for Oakdale.

Harriman (55) Dishman 4, Inman 14, Love 8, Gallaher 1, Davis 7, Steinmetz 10, Sawyer 9, Howard 2.

Oakdale (44) J. Kilby 9, Daugherty 3, Currier 8, Johnson 2, Steinmetz 16, Young 4, A. Kilby 2.