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By GOOSE LINDSAY
The Harriman Blue Devils opened the 2009 portion of the schedule on a high note Tuesday night as both the Lady Devils and Blue Devils picked up victories over visiting Oakdale.
The Lady Devils were thumped by Oakdale, 70-48, earlier in the season at Oakdale, but Jim Cordell’s squad didn’t look like the same team as they held off a late Lady Eagle rally for a 38-36 victory.
Harriman’s boys won by 16 points, 57-41, at Oakdale and they won by a similar margin Tuesday as they completed the season sweep with a 72-62 victory.
Harriman returns to the floor Friday night when they travel to District 3-A rival Rockwood.
In their first meeting at Oakdale, Lady Eagle senior Korin Pease torched the Lady Devils for a career-high 34 points. Tuesday, however, Harriman’s Shakira Boyd shadowed Pease for much of the evening as the Lady Devils used a box-in-one defense and held Oakdale’s big gun to five points.
In the early going it looked as if the Lady Devils might put a hurting on the Lady Eagles as they raced out to an 8-2 lead after four minutes of play, but Pease scored all five of her points in the final two minutes of the period to pull Oakdale within two points, 9-7, at the end of the period.
Things remained tight early in the second period, but Harriman used a 10-3 run late in the period to pull out to a 24-15 lead late in the half. Oakdale would regain a little momentum heading into the locker room as Fancy Gibson buried a three-pointer to make the score 24-18 at intermission.
Shakira Boyd (8 points) and Kiersten Douglass (6 points) paced Harriman in the first half Gibson led the Lady Eagles with six points.
The third period would see Harriman’s lead fluctuate between five and 10 points, with Harriman holding a 32-25 lead after three periods of play.
Harriman opened the final period with three points from Douglass to take a 35-25 lead with 6:41 left to play, but that 10-point lead didn’t last long as Oakdale got baskets from Gibson, Lindsey Kilby and Marissa Redmon to pull within 35-31 with 2:40 left in the game.
Harriman’s Moriah Anderson stopped the run by scoring with 2:27 left to make the score 37-31, but Oakdale responded with a basket from Redmon then the Lady Eagles made three-of-six free throws to pull to within one at 37-36 with 1:12 left to play.
Harriman had three chances to add to their lead over the next 40 seconds, but Harriman missed three straight front ends of one-and-one free throw opportunities and that gave the Lady Eagles a chance to take the lead in the closing seconds.
Oakdale, however, turned the ball over with 10.2 seconds left then Harriman’s Haley Goins hit a free throw with 8.5 seconds left to make the score 38-36.
Oakdale had one last chance as Kilby raced down the floor only to have her shot attempt blocked by Douglass. Kilby got the ball back and her potential game-tying put back at the buzzer rimmed out as Harriman held on for the win.
Douglass led Harriman on the night with 11 points and 11 rebounds while Shakira Boyd and Anderson scored eight points each.
Redmon paced the Lady Eagles with 10 points and five boards while Kilby had a team-high nine rebounds.
Oakdale (36) Pease 5, McGill 5, Kilby 4, Redmon 10, Snow 1, Gibson 11.
Harriman (38) Shakira Boyd 8, Douglass 11, Anderson 8, Goins 4, Moore 2, Shantel Boyd 5.
In a game that resembled a track meet at times, Harriman had a little more offense to pick up a 72-62 victory.
Oakdale started strong Tuesday as the Eagles scored the first seven points of the game, but Harriman outscored the Eagles by 10 points he rest of the quarter to take a 22-19 lead after eight minutes of play.
Mitch Kyker led Harriman with six points in the period while Dimitrique Inman and Darius Gallaher scored four each.
D.J. Currier and Josh Kilby scored five each for Oakdale.
The second period would be the deciding factor Tuesday night as the Blue Devils outscored the Eagles 16-5 in the period to take a 38-24 lead at halftime.
Kyker had another big quarter for the Devils as he buried a pair of three-pointers.
The second quarter would be the only period of the night that the Eagles didn’t score 19 points. Oakdale scored 19 points in the third period and pulled to within four points on two occasions before Harriman rallied a bit to take a 51-43 lead into the final period of play.
Kilby and Currier combined for 14 points in the period while Gallaher scored six for the Blue Devils.
Oakdale stayed close in the fourth quarter, but they could never get closer than six points as Harriman picked up their seventh win of the year with the 10-point victory.
Kyker led Harriman on the night with 16 points while Gallaher added 14 points and six rebounds. Inman gave Harriman a third player in double figures as he ended the evening with 11 points, eight rebounds and six assists.
Kilby had a monster night in the loss with 21 points and 13 rebounds. Currier (15 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists) and Cody Chapman (10 points, 9 rebounds) also scored in double figures for the Eagles.
Oakdale (62) Chapman 10, Currier 15, Kilby 21, Human 8, Foster 4, Gibson 2, Pease 2.
Harriman (72) Phillips 6, M. Steinmetz 9, Kyker 16, T. Steinmetz 3, Gallaher 14, Dishman 3, Inman 11, Love 4, Collins 6.