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Normally a 21-point halftime deficit would be a little too much for a team to overcome, but that wasn’t the case Friday night for Jeff King’s Harriman Blue Devils. Trailing 30-9 at the half, the Blue Devils came roaring back and then used a pair of big late shots to come away with a 60-58 victory over Rockwood.
Things weren’t quite as tough on the Lady Devils as Jim Cordell’s squad picked up a 56-47 victory over the Lady Tigers.
The Harriman Lady Blue Devils used hot three-point shooting to vex the Rockwood Lady Tigers 56-47 Friday evening.
Harriman used an 8-0 run to start the game, helping them take a 16-9 lead at the end of the first period. Harriman then used a 6-0 tilt to close out the second period to take a 30-17 halftime lead.
Rockwood erased three points from their deficit after the third period with the score at 43-33.
Harriman had a 10-4 run to get out to a 16-point lead early in the final period, but Rockwood closed the game on a 10-3 surge to make the final score 56-47.
Harriman had a 39-21 edge on the boards, but lost in team steals, 11-7. Where the Lady Devils really burned the Lady Tigers was three-point shooting with a 5-2 advantage.
Harriman was paced in scoring by Lindsey Higgins (22 points, 14 boards) and Haylee Goins (18 points, 4 three-point shots).
Jadah Gallaher (8 points, 10 assists) and Olyvia Lunsford (6 points) played well in the win as did Cree Moore (9 rebounds).
Rockwood was led in scoring by Kiley Gunter (13 points, 5 steals), Jade Napier (13 points), and Allison Breazeale (9 points).
Shaley Grant (6 points) also had a solid showing in the loss.
Rockwood (47) Gunter 13, Napier 13, Breazeale 9, Shaley Grant 6, Cates 2, Mead 2, SaVannah Grant 1, Henderson 1.
Harriman (56) Higgins 22, Goins 18, Gallaher 8, Lunsford 6, Moore 2.
In terms of legendary hardwood battles between the Harriman Blue Devils and the Rockwood Tigers, this one had to rank high on the list.
Harriman erased a 30-9 halftime deficit to send the game into overtime and in the extra session, Austin White hit a shot in the paint for the Blue Devils with 3.4 seconds left that left the Richard Pickell Gymnasium rocking with a 60-58 triumph by the Blue Devils.
The first half was all Rockwood, as the Tigers pounced early with a 13-4 opening period and a 17-5 run through the second period that made the score 30-9 at halftime and had even the most optimistic Harriman Blue Devils supporters singing the blues.
But in the second half, the Devils came out like a team possessed, going on a 19-5 tear at one point in the third period, before eventually closing the third period trailing 37-30.
Rockwood fought valiantly and seemed determined to hang on to their tenuous grasp on the lead and had a seven-point lead with less than a minute left. But the Devils weren't going to surrender without a fight and got within three points with just seconds on the clock. That set the stage for Xavier Howard as Harriman fans were looking for a miracle, and the "X-Man" was going to give it to them with a long buzzer-beating three-point shot that sent the game into overtime.
With the game tied at 58-58 with just seconds left in overtime, Harriman kept trying to get shots to fall, but they weren't.
Enter Austin White, who grabbed the ball like his life depended on it, hoisted up a shot and gave the Devils the lead with 3.4 seconds remaining.
The Tigers had time for one last Herculean heave to win the game, but it fell just short.
Harriman had a 39-33 edge on the boards but Rockwood had a 9-8 edge in team steals.
Harriman was led in scoring by the amazing performance of Howard (33 points, 10 boards) with 29 of his points coming after the first half.
Shaquille Love (8 points, 9 boards), Dimitrique Inman (8 points, 6 assists, 5 boards) and Austin White (5 points, 5 boards) led the Devils in scoring.
Rockwood was led in scoring by Cleveland Davidson (25 points, 5 assists), Brendan Kirkland (13 points, 12 boards), and Cameron Webster (11 points, 6 assists).
Riley Clem (5 assists) and Josh Boles (5 boards) also played well in the loss.
Rockwood (58) Davidson 25, Kirkland 13, Webster 11, Golliher 5, Boles 4.
Harriman (60) Howard 33, Love 8, Inman 8, White 5, Gallaher 3, Dishman 3.