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The shooting for the first three periods of the girls game between the Wartburg Central Middle School Lady Bulldogs and the Harriman Middle School Lady Blue Devils was cold as ice, but in the final period, the Lady 'Dogs bark finally got some bite in the form of a 16-2 surge in the final stanza to take the 34-19 win.
Wartburg started the game with a 10-4 run with Hannah Hurtt (4 points) leading the charge for the Lady 'Dogs before Harriman scored the final four points of the period to pull within 10-8.
Harriman briefly tied the game at 10-10 before Wartburg went on an 8-2 tear to close out the half with Lauren Farmer (6 points) leading the charge by the Lady 'Dogs to take the 18-12 halftime lead.
Farmer (7 points) led all scorers for Wartburg in the first half.
In the third period, Harriman scored all five points to get within 18-17.
McKenzie Breeden (4 points) led Harriman in scoring throughout the game at this point.
Harriman tied the game at 18-18 on a Cheyenne Presswood free throw, but it all went downhill from there for the Lady Devils as Wartburg went on a 16-1 run the rest of the way.
Erica Jones and McKenzie Armes (4 points each) led the way for Wartburg down the stretch for the 34-19 win.
Harriman owned a 30-28 edge on the boards but Wartburg had a 10-7 advantage in steals.
Harriman was led in scoring by Presswood and Breeden (4 points each).
Mari-Claire Crass (9 boards) played well in the loss for the Lady Devils.
Harriman (19) Presswood 4, Breeden 4, Pack 3, Crass 2, Wilson 2, Bazel 2, Gresham 2.
Wartburg (34) Farmer 7, Hurtt 7, Holley 6, Jones 6, Armes 4, Poland 2, Luttrell 2.
A depleted roster void of top scorers Nate Arrowood and Eli Duncan for the Harriman Middle School Blue Devils spelled doom for the blue and white squad from Roane County as the Wartburg Central Middle School Bulldogs rolled to a 48-20 win Monday night.
Wartburg got out to the early 11-6 lead at the end of the first period with Ashton Hambright (4 points) leading the way for the 'Dogs and Sheldon Anderson (4 points) leading the Devils.
Wartburg used a 15-6 advantage through much of the second period to take a 26-12 lead,.
Kirk Harlan and Dillon Fountain led the way for the Bulldogs in the second period with seven points each.
A late three-pointer by Tyler Jenkins for Harriman made the score 26-15 at the half.
Sheldon Anderson hit a three early in the third period for the Devils to get Harriman within 26-18, but Wartburg scored the next 13 points of the third period, led by Fountain (6 points) and Darren Decker (5 points) to take the 39-18 lead.
Wartburg then scored the first nine points of the final stanza, led by Decker (6 points) before Harriman’s Titan Dayton scored the final points of the game to make the final score 48-20.
Both teams had 20 boards, but Wartburg did their damage with an overwhelming 21-4 tilt in team steals.
Harriman (20) Anderson 9, Moore 6, Jenkins 3, Dayton 2.
Wartburg (48) Fountain, 15, Harlan 11, Decker 11, Hambright 5, Constant 3, Davidson 2, Branstetter 1.