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Tournament time is not the best time for an off-night, but that's just what happened to Jim Cordell's Harriman Lady Blue Devils Tuesday night, as Tellico Plains whipped the Lady Devils, 61-30, in the District 3-A Tournament consolation game.
Tellico Plains post Jessi Parsons was the story Tuesday evening as she outscored the Lady Devils by herself. Parsons ended the night with 34 points to go along with five rebounds, three assists and three steals.
Parsons scored 16 of those points in the first five minutes of the contest. Parsons was a perfect six-of-six from the field during the first 4:35 of the period and one-of-one at the charity stripe.
Luckily for the Lady Devils, Parsons didn't score during the final 3:25 of the frame and no other Lady Bear scored in the period as Tellico plains led 16-8 after eight minutes of play.
Harriman held Parsons to one point in the second period, but her teammates combined for 14 in the second period as the Lady Bears took a 31-15 lead at halftime.
Courtney Thomas led Harriman in the first half with six points.
Things didn't get any better for Harriman in the second half as the Lady Bears outscored Harriman 15-8 in the third period and 14-7 in the final period to put the finishing touches on their 31-point victory.
Besides Parsons, Sarah McKinnon (10 points, 8 rebounds, 4 steals) also scored in double figures for the Lady Bears.
Thomas led Harriman in defeat with nine points and seven rebounds while Lindsey Higgins pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds for the Lady Devils.
The only good news about Tuesday's loss for Harriman is that it doesn't end their season. The Lady Devils will look to rebound Friday night at 7 p.m. when they travel to Wartburg for the first round of the Region 2-A Tournament. If the Lady Devils can upset the Lady Bulldogs, they will play the rest of the region tournament at home.
Tellico Plains will play at Coalfield Friday night.
Harriman (30) Higgins 4, Gallaher 6, Moore 8, Goins 3, Thomas 9.