Harriman suffers close district losses

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Blue Devils look to bounce back Friday at Rockwood



Roane Newspapers

Since the Tellico Plains was placed in District 3-A in 2009, the Harriman High School  basketball teams have had some hard fought games with the Bears. 

Tuesday night did not disappoint as both fought until the bitter end, with the Lady Devils falling 47-39 and the Blue Devils dropping the game 71-65 in their first district games of the year.

Harriman will look to bounce back Friday when they travel to Rockwood for another set of district contests.

Girls Game

A slow start seemed to be the story for the Lady Devils as they only scored four points in the first frame. 

Sophomore Marilyn Franklin led the way in the first period, scoring all four of her team’s points and seemed to have grabbed every rebound that came off the glass. 

There was some excitement in the first period of action when the Lady Devils tied the game up at four, but a technical foul called on the Harriman bench doomed the Lady Devils as Tellico Plains went on to capture the quarter by a score of 11-4. 

Things got a little more interesting in the second period. Back-to-back baskets by Jada Johnson and Franklin helped get the Lady Devils within one going into the half with the score being 22-21.

The second half started just as exciting as the first ended with Harriman’s Haley Goldston hitting a huge lay-up to take the lead at 27-25 with 3:41 left in the third period. 

Tellico was not very happy with the things they were seeing on the court and called a quick time out. The Lady Bears responded with a 9-4 run to take a 34-31 lead at the end of the period.

The fourth period did not treat the Lady Devils well. The ball just didn’t seem to drop for the girls wearing blue as it did for Tellico, and that allowed the Lady Bears to pull away for the 47-39 victory. 

Jada Johnson and Marilyn Franklin both had 10 points in the Lady Devils loss. Franklin also led the team with seven rebounds while Johnson pulled down six.

Harriman (39) Goldston 8, LaRue 3, Johnson 10, Franklin 10, Crass 2, Duncan 6.

Boys Game

Jacob Gresham of Harriman and Tellico Plains' Devin Collier looked like they were having a one-on-one game going for times during the game. Gresham (25) edged Collier (17) on points, but the Bears 1,000-yard rusher from football season picked up the victory in a hard fought game by both teams.

The game was moving  slow early on until Tellico's Cody Murphy hit a three-ball to get the Bears offense rolling and take the 7-2 lead. From there Tellico was able to substitute five men in at a time and keep fresh legs on the court, which proved to work as they went into the second period ahead 18-10. 

The second period consisted of the Blue Devils getting closer and closer to the Bears, but never being able to grab the lead. Tellico Plains went into the half with a slim 29-24 lead.

A Bear technical foul followed by a pair of hustle plays from Jeter Cox basket allowed the Blue Devils to pull within 36-34 in the third period. The Blue Devils then got their first lead of the night at 41-39 when Alex Wampler hit one of his two three-point baskets . 

The Bears got a bucket to end the period to make the game a dead lock at 41-41 going into the final quarter. 

The Blue Devils jumped out to a 45-41 lead then both teams went back in fourth before Wampler hit another three-pointer to make the score 54-53 with three minutes left in the contest. 

Harriman eventually took a 59-56 lead after another Bear technical foul, but the rest of the game was a nightmare for the Blue Devils as they could not capitalize on Bear mistakes. 

Collier then stepped up when he needed by hitting free throws, which was what the Bears needed to grab the victory. The Bears were 10 of 12 in the last three minutes from the charity stripe letting them hang on to the 71-65 victory. 

Gresham (25 points), John Johnson (12 points), Wampler (11 points) and D.C. Upton (10 points) all scored in double figures for the Blue Devils while Collier (17 points) led the way for the Bears.

Harriman (65) Johnson 12, Gresham 25, Wilkie 4, Wampler 11, Upton 10, Nelson 1, Cox 2.