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By BRODY JONES
Playing three games in four days didn’t seem to hurt the Harriman Lady Blue Devils Thursday night as Jim Cordell’s squad rallied in the fourth quarter for a 51-50 victory over visiting Oneida.
The news, however, wasn’t as good for the Blue Devils as they started slow and never caught the Indians in suffering a 53-48 setback.
Depending on which side you were sitting on, either a miracle took place for Harriman or a bitter pill was swallowed if you were an Oneida fan as controversy and missed free throws by Oneida gave Harriman a thrilling 51-50 victory Thursday evening at Richard Pickell Gymnasium.
Oneida started the game off by grabbing an early 5-2 lead, but an 8-1 Harriman run gave them a brief lead before the Lady Indians tied the game up at the end of the first period.
Oneida pulled out to a five-point lead though at the half with a 29-24 advantage.
In the third period, Harriman chipped a point off the lead, making the game 41-37 going into the final period.
Oneida pulled out to a nine-point lead but then things started to go catastrophically wrong for the Lady Indians. Oneida kept missing key free throws down the stretch combined with an inexplicable clock malfunction that caused the clock not to run for an estimated 25 seconds.
That led to a 9-1 Lady Devil run capped off by an Anna Price shot with just seconds left that resulted in the 51-50 victory.
Harriman beat the Lady Indians on the boards by a 36-31 total and edged Oneida 10-9 in team steals.
Harriman was led in victory by Kiersten Douglass with 14 points plus eight boards and Anna Price with 10 points. Shantel Boyd had eight points while Shakira Boyd had seven re-bounds. Jasmine Fuqua also had six boards in the win.
Oneida was led by Kelsi Lay and Nicholeah Lay with 12 points a piece.
Kelsi had eight boards in the loss and Ali Love also had five boards for the Lady Indians.
Harriman (51) Douglass 14, Price 10, Shantel Boyd 8, Moore 6, Anderson 5, Shakira Boyd 4, Fuqua 4.
An abysmal 8-2 opening period disadvantage for Harriman proved to be the difference in Thursday’s game between the Harriman Blue Devils and Oneida Indians, with the Indians winning 53-48.
Harriman could not buy a basket in the opening period but Oneida wasn’t exactly blowing the Devils out of the water as the opening period was 8-2 in favor of Oneida.
Both teams scored 16 points in the second period to make the score 24-18 at the half.
Harriman used an 8-2 run to tie the game in the third, but Oneida outscored the Devils 10-3 through the rest of the period to take a 36-29 lead into the final period.
The Indians got out to as much a 10-point lead before the Devils cut the final margin to 53-48 with Harriman coming up short.
The Indians ambushed the Devils on the boards by a 35-27 margin, but lost in team steals 12-9 to Harriman.
Oneida was led on offense by Jonathon Lewallen with 15 points and Braxton Hutson with 11 points. Alax Abbott had 10 points plus seven boards while Chuck Jeffers had nine points and eight boards.
Caleb Laxton also had five boards in the victory.
Harriman was paced on offense by Jarvis Inman with a double-double in the form of 14 points and 10 boards plus Cody McGill had 10 points. Willie Collins had nine points while Mitch Kyker had eight in the loss.
Dimitrique Inman had five boards in the loss as well for Harriman.
Harriman (48) J. Inman 14, McGill 10, Collins 9, Kyker 8, D. Inman 4, Phillips 2, Fuqua 1.