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The Harriman Middle School Blue Devils and Lady Devils traveled to county rival Oliver Springs Monday night and came home with a sweep.
The first game of the evening was a nail-biter with the Lady Devils escaping with a 28-26 victory.
The second game of the evening wasn’t as close as Harriman picked up a 35-21 victory.
Both teams will be on the road Thursday as Harriman visits Loudon while Oliver Springs travels to Midway.
Oliver Springs led for much of the evening Monday, but Harriman used a late 5-0 run to pull out the two-point victory.
Neither team did much in the first quarter as Oliver Springs led 5-4 after six minutes of play.
The second quarter would see Oliver Springs create a little separation as the Lady ‘Cats won the period, 12-6, to take a 17-10 at halftime.
Alyssa Suttles paced Oliver Springs in the first half with 10 points while Jada Johnson scored eight for Harriman.
The third quarter would see Harriman cut into Oliver Springs’ lead. The Lady Devils outscored the Lady ‘Cats 11-5 in the frame to pull within 22-21 entering the fourth quarter.
Oliver Springs held the one point lead at 24-23 until Harriman pulled even on a free throw from Johnson. The Lady Devils then got a pair of baskets from McKenzie Breeden and Racheal Crass to take a 28-24 lead with 1:30 left to play.
Oliver Springs cut it to 28-26 with a basket from Taylor Bradshaw with 54 seconds left, but the Lady ‘Cats would not score again as Harriman held on for the win.
Johnson led Harriman on the night with 17 points, 14 rebounds, five blocks and four steals.
Suttles (11 points, 6 rebounds) and Bradshaw (8 points, 6 rebounds) were the leaders for Oliver Springs.
Harriman (28) Hall 3, Goins 2, Johnson 17, Breeden 4, Crass 2.
Oliver Springs (26) Baker 3, Suttles 11, Armstrong 3, Bradshaw 8, Hackworth 1.
Harriman scored the first 11 points of Monday’s game and they were never seriously threatened on their way to the 14-point victory.
Isaiah McClain scored seven points and John Johnson added the other four as Harriman led 11-2 after one period of play.
The second period was played to a near draw as Oliver Springs pulled to within 17-7 at halftime.
The third period was another close frame as Harriman outscored the Bobcats 9-7 in the frame to take a 26-14 lead after three quarters of play.
Johnson scored seven of Harriman’s nine points in the period.
Johnson added seven more points to his tally in the final frame as the Blue Devils went on to the 35-21 victory.
Johnson came close to a triple-double on the night as he ended the evening with 18 points, 10 rebounds and eight steals. McClain added 11 points.
Matthew Gaylor paced Oliver Springs with six points and five rebounds.
Harriman (35) Johnson 18, Clark 4, Phipps 2, McClain 11.
Oliver Springs (21) Johnson 4, Madewell 3, Gaylor 6, Andrews 3, Woods 2, Hill 2, Nation 1.