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The Jones era at Harriman High School tipped off Tuesday night as the Blue Devils and Lady Devils hosted Clinton in a pair of TSSAA Hall of Fame games.
Harriman’s girls, under the direction of Johnny Jones, opened the season on a positive note as they knocked off the Lady Dragons, 58-49.
Things didn’t go so well for Harriman on the boys’ side as Wes Jones’ squad dropped a 75-58 decision.
The Devils and Lady Devils hit the floor again on Friday when they host Carter in two TSSAA more Hall of Fame games.
The Lady Devils spread the wealth Friday night as senior Jadah Gallaher, sophomore Haley Goldston and freshman Madison Duncan all scored in double figures in leading Harriman to a nine-point victory.
Harriman came roaring out of the gate as Goldston scored six points while Gallaher and Duncan added four each in leading the Lady Devils to a 19-8 lead after eight minutes of play.
Harriman’s offense cooled in the second period, and that allowed the Lady Dragons to win the period, 12-11 to make the score 30-20 at halftime.
Harriman again came out strong to start the second half. This time five different Lady Devils combined to outscore Clinton 13-9 in the frame to take a 43-29 victory in the final period of play.
The final period would see Harriman scoring most of their points from the charity stripe. Harriman hit 10 of 19 free throws in the final period to hold on for the 58-49 victory.
For the game, however, Harriman hit just 22 of 47 (46.8 percent) of their free throws.
Gallaher led Harriman on the night with 15 points, including a perfect eight for eight from the charity stripe. Goldston (14 points) and Duncan (10 points) also scored in double figures for Harriman.
Harriman (58) Lunsford 3, Goldston 14, Peddicord 4, Gallaher 15, Boyd 2, Duncan 10, T. Sells 1, Franklin 2, L. Sells 7.
Harriman’s boys also scored 58 points on Tuesday, but instead of celebrating a win, the Blue Devils came up short as Clinton traveled back to Anderson County with a 17-point victory.
Tuesday’s game started with both teams putting up a lot of points to the tune of Clinton holding a 19-17 lead after eight minutes of play.
Chris Works buried a pair of three-pointers and scored eight points for Harriman in the period while Xavier Howard added a third trey and seven points. Stephen Antonelli led Clinton in the frame with two triples and seven points.
The second period was also high scoring, and won by the Dragons, 18-17, making the score 37-34 at intermission.
Clinton’s Birdman McKamey led all scorers in the frame with seven points while Howard and Chase Randolph scored six each for Harriman. All of Randolph’s points came from beyond the three-point arc.
Clinton finally started creating some separation in the third period as they outscored Harriman 22-14 in the frame to take a 59-48 lead into the final period of play.
McKamey and Howard nabbed high-point marks in the period with eight points each.
Howard fouled out in the final period and that helped the Dragons extend their lead to 17 points by the final horn.
Howard led all scorers on the night with 21 points while Randolph and Works scored 15 each.
McKamey paced the Dragons with 20 points while Antonelli (15 points) and Alex Willard (10 points) also scored in double figures.
Harriman (58) Howard 21, Works 15, Randolph 15, Wilkie 4, Gresham 3.