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By GOOSE LINDSAY
Anything can happen anytime Rockwood and Harriman hookup and Fri-day night the two longtime county rivals split a pair of District 3-A con-tests.
In the girls game, Amy Breazeale’s Lady Tigers squad picked up their first win of the season with a 59-50 victory over the Lady Devils, but the Blue Devils got some revenge in the final game of the evening as they knocked off the Tigers, 66-54.
Friday’s contest was close throughout, but the Lady Tigers used a 10-0 run midway through the fourth quarter to break open what was a one point game with less than five minutes left to play.
The first three and one half quarters, however, were close as neither team led by more than seven points in the first three quarters.
The first period would see the lead change hands three times before Rockwood’s Amanda Hackler put back a miss with three seconds remain-ing to give the Lady Tigers an 11-10 after eight minutes of play.
Hackler and Harriman’s Kiersten Douglass led all scorers in the opening period with five points.
Rockwood opened the second period with four straight points to take a 15-10 lead, but the rest of the half belonged to the Lady Devils as Jim Cordell’s squad outscored Rockwood 17-5 in the final 6:17 of the period to take a 27-20 lead at intermission.
Douglass and Moriah Anderson led Harriman’s charge in the second pe-riod with six points each while Karissa King paced the Lady Tigers with five points.
While Harriman dominated the final six minutes of the first half, Rock-wood was just as dominant to start the second half as the Lady Tigers opened the third period with a 15-2 run that gave Rockwood a 35-29 lead with 1:10 left to play in the quarter.
Harriman would recover somewhat in the final minute to pull within 37-33 with eight minutes left to play.
Kaylah Powell led Rockwood’s third period comeback with nine points.
Harriman would pull to within 43-42 with 4:56 left to play when Ander-son converted a steal into points, but the Lady Tigers answered with 10 straight points to put the game away.
Harriman never got closer than seven points down the stretch as Rock-wood held on for the win.
King (15 points, 7 rebounds), Powell (14 points, 8 rebounds, 3 steals) and Allison Breazeale (12 points, 9 rebounds) all scored in double figures for Rockwood while Douglass (15 points, 12 rebounds) and Anderson (13 points, 8 assists) were the leaders for Harriman.
Harriman (50) Douglass 15, Fuqua 4, Anderson 13, Eskridge 6, Boyd 8, Moore 4.
Rockwood (59) Hackler 6, King 15, Powell 14, Henderson 9, Evans 3, Breazeale 12.
Before the season started, Jeff King’s Harriman Blue Devils were anxious to prove that they were a good team even after losing stars Julian Goins, Shawn Williams, Dominique Chatman and Demetrius Williams.
The Devils did just that Friday night as Harriman used a big second half to erase a six-point halftime deficit and pick up the 12-point victory.
The first period would see five lead changes and three ties before the Ti-gers finally took a 17-15 lead into the second period.
The second period, however, belonged to Zach Breazeale and the Tigers as Rockwood threatened to pull away.
In the first 5:29 of the period, Breazeale buried four three-point baskets and scored a total of 14 points as Rockwood led 41-29 with 2:31 to play in the first half.
Harriman, however, ended the half on a 9-2 run to pull within 41-35 at halftime.
Jonathan Fuqua scored seven points for Harriman in the second period.
Harriman’s momentum carried over into the third period as the Blue Dev-ils outscored Rockwood 17-6 in the period to take a 52-47 lead with eight minutes left to play.
Jarvis Inman had a huge third period for the Devils with 10 points.
Rockwood never got closer than four points in the final period as Harri-man’s lead gradually increased until the Blue Devils left Rockwood with the 12-point victory.
Jarvis Inman led Harriman on the night with 18 points and five boards while Breazeale (17 points, 5 rebounds) and Matt Roberts (11 points, 8 re-bounds) scored in double figures for the Tigers.
Harriman (66) McGill 9, Gallaher 6, D. Inman 8, J. Inman 18, Fuqua 9, Kyker 8, Phillips 2, Collins 6.
Rockwood (54) Moriarty 6, Raby 4, Breazeale 17, Roberts 11, Harris 2, Ledford 4, Brock 7, Hagermaker 3.