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The Harriman Blue Devils and Rockwood Tigers completed their season series Friday night at Rockwood’s Tom W. Evans Gymnasium and it would be the Rockwood girls and Harriman boys coming away with victories.
In the girls game, Rockwood trailed for much of the evening, but they never let Harriman build a big lead. Staying close was the key as Rockwood rallied in the fourth quarter for a 41-36 victory.
In December, Paul Kamikawa’s Tigers and Jeff King’s Blue Devils locked horns in a classic battle that would see Harriman winning in overtime. The rematch would not be nearly as dramatic as Harriman held a double-digit lead throughout much of the contest on their way to a 54-41 victory.
Friday’s game was physical from start to finish and in the end it was the Lady Tigers that survived the tussle.
In the early going, however, it was Harriman dictating the action. Harriman got six points from Olyvia Lunsford in the opening period and that was big in holding a 10-8 lead after eight minutes of play.
The second period would see Rockwood battle back and take the lead at one point, but Harriman’s Haylee Goins hit a pair of free throws late in the period to make the score 21-20 at intermission in favor of the Lady Devils.
Goins and Lunsford scored six points each for Harriman in the first half while Kiley Gunter (7 points) and Reanna Henderson (5 points) led the way for the Lady Tigers.
The third quarter was more of the same as Harriman held the lead for most of the period, but they couldn’t add points to the tally as Rockwood trailed just 30-29 entering the final period of play.
Rockwood’s defense was the key in the final period as the Lady Tigers held Harriman scoreless for more than five minutes to open the final period play. During that time, Rockwood’s Allison Breazeale scored from in close and Jessica Bear hit a pair of free throws to give the Lady Tigers a 33-30 lead.
Harriman cut the lead to one point on three occasions down the stretch, but Rockwood would hit four straight free throws in the final 22.7 seconds to preserve the victory.
Gunter led Rockwood on the night with 12 points, five rebounds and two steals while freshman Jade Napier added nine points and two steals.
Lindsey Higgins paced Harriman in defeat with 11 points, nine rebounds and two blocks. Goins (8 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists) and Lunsford (8 points, 6 rebounds) also put up solid numbers for the Lady Devils.
Harriman (36) Higgins 11, Gallaher 5, Goins 8, Moore 2, Lunsford 8, Boyd 1, Johnson 1.
Rockwood (41) Henderson 7, Bear 5, Breazeale 4, Shaley Grant 2, Napier 9, Gunter 12, SaVannah Grant 2.
The Harriman Blue Devils took a big step toward winning the District 3-A regular season title Friday night with a 54-41 victory at Rockwood.
In their first meeting in December, Harriman had to battle back from a 21-point halftime deficit before winning in overtime. There would be no comeback in the rematch as Harriman took the lead for good midway through the first period and was in control for much of the evening.
After trailing early, the Blue Devils ended the opening period on a 13-4 run to take a 17-9 lead after eight minutes of play.
Seniors Dimitrique Inman and Darius Gallaher scored six points each in the first period for Harriman.
Harriman opened the second period with a 14-4 run that made the score 31-13 late in the half, but during that stretch Gallaher and Inman both picked up two fouls, and before Harriman could deliver a first half knockout, Rockwood scored the final six points of the period to make the score 31-19 at intermission.
Xavier Howard scored 10 points for the Blue Devils in the first half while Cleveland Davidson’s nine points led the way for Rockwood.
Rockwood scored the first five points of the second half to close the gap to 31-24, but Harriman responded with an 11-2 run that made the score 42-26. By the time the third period ended, Harriman held a 46-33 lead.
The scoring pace slowed in the final quarter, but that was just fine with the Blue Devils. Both teams scored just eight points in the final period as Harriman left “Tiger Town” with a 13-point victory.
Howard led Harriman in scoring on the night with 14 points while Inman (11 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists) and Gallaher (11 points, 9 assists, 4 rebounds) also scored in double figures.
Harriman’s Shaquille Love was the game’s high rebounder with nine while teammate Tyler Dishman came away with a team-high three steals.
Davidson led the way for Rockwood with 14 points and four steals while Josh Boles was next in line with six points and six rebounds.
Harriman (54) Inman 11, Gallaher 11, Howard 14, Love 4, Dishman 3, Austin White 6, Alex White 3, Randolph 2.
Rockwood (41) Davidson 14, Clem 5, Huffman 2, Webster 4, Breazeale 2, Boles 6, Golliher 4, Springs 4.