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Only Harriman survives opening round

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By The Staff

 

By GOOSE LINDSAY

Roane Newspapers

Four Roane County middle school basketball teams traveled to Sevier County Saturday with the hopes of winning a TMSAA East Tennessee Championship but only one team came back with those hopes still in tact as Baron Tapp’s Harriman Lady Blue Devils upset Area 3 Champion Pi Beta Phi, 21-15, in the quarterfinal round of the small school division tournament being played at Sevierville.

With the victory, Harriman advances to Friday’s semifinal round and a match-up with Hampton.

The Cherokee Lady Yellow Jackets, Oliver Springs Lady Bobcats and Rockwood Tigers weren’t as lucky as all three suffered first round losses.

Oliver Springs and Rockwood both saw their season end at Sevierville in the small school tournament. The Lady ‘Cats dropped a 36-16 decision to Hampton while Rockwood was on the wrong end of a 62-39 game with Mary Hughes.

Cherokee lost their quarterfinal game against Science Hill, 58-30, in the large school division tournament at Pigeon Forge.

Midway’s boys also advanced to the quarterfinal round of play in the small school division, but the Waves' game was scheduled for Tuesday.

Oliver Springs 

vs. Hampton

The Lady ‘Cats played well for a quarter Saturday, but the final three periods of play were a different story as the powerful Lady Bulldogs pulled away for a 20-point victory.

The first period was a seesaw affair with Hampton holding a 9-8 lead after six minutes of play.

The second period, however, was all Hampton as they outscored the Lady ‘Cats 11-2 to take a 20-10 lead at halftime. The third period was more of the same as Hampton used a 12-2 advantage in the period to take a 32-12 lead into the final period of play.

Both teams scored four points in the final period as Hampton advanced to the semifinals.

Dorothy Dugger led Hampton with 14 points and five rebounds while Kellie Ball paced the Lady ‘Cats in defeat with eight points, seven steals and four rebounds.

Oliver Springs (16) Ball 8, Giles 2, Morgan 2, Armstrong 2, Jones 2.

Rockwood 

vs. Mary Hughes

Mary Hughes' David Cassidy proved to be a Tiger slayer Saturday evening as the Lion guard pumped in 31 points in leading Mary Hughes to a 62-39 victory over Rockwood.

Rockwood stayed in contention for a half Saturday as Mary Hughes led 9-4 after six minutes of play and 21-14 at halftime.

The third period, however, turned into Cassidy’s show as he pumped in an amazing 20 points in the period and by the time the dust settled, the Lions held a 45-22 lead after three periods of play.

The final period was played to a 17-all tie to leave the Lions with a 23-point margin of victory.

Besides Cassidy, Matt Proffitt scored 16 points for Mary Hughes.

Jared Breazeale had a big game for Rockwood in defeat as he ended the game with three three-pointers and 23 points.

Rockwood (39) Tilley 2, Breazeale 23, Freels 5, Clem 9.

Harriman vs. Pi Beta Phi

Harriman played the final of three games involving Roane County teams at Sevierville and the Lady Devils seemed headed toward the same fate as Oliver Springs and Rockwood in the early going. 

Harriman trailed 7-0 after one period play, but as was the case in their opening round victory over Fairview, the Lady Devils turned it up a notch as the game wore on.

Harriman turned the tables on the Lady Mountaineers in the second period and at halftime the Lady Devils had pulled even at 9-9.

The game remained deadlocked over the next nine minutes of play. The score was tied at 14-all after three periods of play and the score was tied at 15-all with three minutes left in the contest.

Harriman’s Darian Boyd, however, broke the tie with a jumper at the three-minute mark then Tymber Bodine added a free throw with 1:44 left to make the score 18-15.

Harriman’s defense made that score stick then Boyd and Bodine combined to hit three more free throws in the final 36 seconds to seal the deal for the Lady Devils.

Harriman (21) Gallaher 3, Boyd 3, Bodine 9, Farmer 2, Schubert 4.

Cherokee 

vs. Science Hill

The Lady Jackets ran into a buzz saw at Pigeon Forge as the Lady Hilltoppers rolled to a 58-30 victory.

Science Hill flexed their muscle early by racing out to an 18-6 lead after six minutes of play. Cherokee did do a better job offensively in the second quarter, but they couldn’t slow the Lady ‘Toppers as Science Hill took a 34-17 lead into the locker room at halftime.

Cherokee did play well in the third period as the Lady Jackets outscored the Lady ‘Toppers 12-9 to pull within 43-29, but Science Hill put the hammer down in the fourth period as they added 14 points to their lead.

Haley Cornellison led Cherokee on the night with 10 points while Sydney Spurgeon added eight.

Cherokee (30) Mossing 5, Langley 5, Spurgeon 8, Futtrell 1, Cornellison 10, Monroe 1.