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By BROWNIE ROSE
After finishing in the Area 4 Small Division Tournament, the Harriman Middle School Lady Blue Devils played their pening round of the TMSAA East Tennessee Small Division Sectional Tournament opener against Area 2 No. 3 seed Sunbright. Harriman came close, but were upset by visiting Lady Tigers, 31-26, to see their season come to an end.o
Harriman led 7-6 at the end of one period of play, but would come up with only seven points in the next two quarters. The Lady Devils trailed 20-14 heading into the fourth period and cut the lead to four with a minute left, but Sunbright held them off, hitting three free throws in the final minute to preserve the win.
Darian Boyd paced Harriman to the first quarter lead by ripping an early trey. Ivory Peddicord and Jessica Case scored a basket each to leave the Lady Devils up 7-6 at the end of one.
Shelby Jones, Brittany Phipps and Shelley Shannon scored a hoop each for Sunbright in the opening quarter.
Sunbright added six more points in the second quarter and led 12-9 at halftime after holding Harriman to a single basket.
Reshea Roberts scored two hoops for the Lady Tigers in the period while Brittany Keeton also scored.
Boyd would be they only Lady Devil to find the basket in the second period.
Sunbright added three more points to the lead in the third. Keeton heated up with a pair of hoops and a trey while Jones sank a free throw.
Harriman was still having problems with scoring. Haley Goldston and Case scored a hoop each while Peddicord added a free throw.
Harriman rallied in the fourth as Peddicord knocked down two hoops and Boyd sank three free throws after getting fouled on drives to the hoop. Madison Duncan completed a three-point play then Goldston scored a late basket and the final Harriman points of the game.
Sunbright fought off Harriman with two baskets from Phipps early in the quarter. Andrea Morgan and Shannon added a hoop each. However, it took a free throw from Phipps and two more free tosses from Jones in the final minute to give Sunbright the win.
Sunbright advanced to Saturday's quarterfinal round of the TMSAA East Tennessee Small Division Sectional Tournament.
Harriman (26) Boyd 8, Peddicord 7, Goldston 4, Case 4, Duncan 3.
Sunbright (31) Keeton 9, Phipps 7, Jones 5, Roberts 4, Shannon 4, Morgan 2.