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By GOOSE LINDSAY
It was Senior Night Thursday at Harriman High School and the Blue Devil seniors went out in style as both the Devils and Lady Devils picked up District 3-A wins over Berean Christian.
The Lady Devils opened the evening by using a strong second half to break open what was a close game at halftime. Harriman outscored the Lady Eagles 35-12 in the second half on their way to a 58-29 victory.
Harriman’s boys looked a little ragged at times, but Jeff King’s squad used an overall depth advantage to their favor in picking up a 61-45 victory.
Although Harriman’s seniors played their final regular season game at home Thursday, they will still have a chance to play more games at Richard Pickell Gymnasium as Harriman hosts both the District 3-A Tournament and Region 2-A Tournament later this month.
The Lady Devils led from wire-to-wire Thursday, but it did take Jim Cordell’s squad a while to get going.
Harriman did double-up Berean Christian in the opening period as Cree Moore, Kiersten Douglass and Shantel Boyd combined for 14 points in leading Harriman to a 16-8 lead after eight minutes of play.
Harriman’s offense, however, slowed down in the second quarter as the Lady Eagles outscored the Lady Devils 9-7 in the frame to pull within 23-17 at halftime.
Kelly Hastings had a big first half for Berean, scoring 13 of her team’s 17 points.
While Harriman was cold in the second quarter, they were hot in the third as Douglass scored 10 points in leading the Lady Devils to a 40-20 lead after three minutes of play.
Douglass added eight more points to her total in the final period as Harriman cruised home with the 29-point victory.
Douglass had a great night as the Lady Devil senior ended the evening with 24 points, 16 rebounds, four steals and three blocks. Fellow senior Shantel Boyd added six points, seven rebounds and two blocks while freshman Cree Moore had 11 points and seven rebounds.
Junior point guard Moriah Anderson had a solid all-around game with eight points, five assists and five steals while freshman post Lindsey Higgins added eight points and seven boards.
Hastings scored all 10 of Berean’s points in the second half to end the evening with 25 points and 11 rebounds.
Harriman (58) Douglass 24, Moore 11, Boyd 6, Anderson 8, Daugherty 1, Higgins 8.
Nine players scored for Harriman on the night as the Blue Devils wrapped up the home portion of their schedule with a 61-45 victory over Berean.
Six different players scored for Harriman in the opening period, but they couldn’t shake the Eagles as the Blue Devils led just 16-14 after eight minutes of play.
Harriman did manage some separation in the second period as the Blue Devils outscored Berean 19-11 in the period to take a 35-25 lead at halftime.
Tee Steinmetz led the Harriman charge in the second quarter as the sophomore shooting guard buried three straight three-pointers in the frame.
Darius Gallaher three-pointers would be the story in the third period as the sophomore point guard dialed long distance twice and scored eight points in the period to lead the Blue Devils to a 53-31 lead with eight minutes of play.
Berean did win the final period by six points, but they never took a big chunk out of Harriman’s lead in the final period of play.
Gallaher led Harriman on the night with 13 points and six assists while Dimitrique Inman added 10 points and eight rebounds.
Alan Wells led the way for Berean with 19 points and 18 rebounds while Nathan Mee added 17 points.
Harriman (61) Gallaher 13, Inman 10, Kyker 7, Collins 1, Phillips 8, M. Steinmetz 4, Sawyer 4, T. Steinmetz 9, Love 5.