Blue Devils, Yellow Jackets battle to split

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By Goose Lindsay

The Kingston Yellow Jackets and Harriman Blue Devils renewed their rivalry Tuesday night at Harriman’s Richard D. Pickell Gymnasium and both schools would come away with a victory.


In the opening game of the evening, Harriman played well for two and one-half quarters, but an 18-2 Kingston run over the final 12 minutes of play gave the Lady Jackets a 66-56 victory.

There were no big runs in the final game of the evening, but Jeff King’s Blue Devils did lead for much of the night on their way to a 66-56 victory.

Tuesday’s game was a non-district contest, but that will change Friday night as Kingston hosts Loudon in a District 4-AA battle while Harriman travels to Rockwood in a District 3-A tussle.

Girls Game

Kingston’s combination of depth and relentless pressure would eventually wear down the Lady Devils Tuesday night as Connie Guinn’s squad scored 18 of the game’s final 22 points in picking up a 40-27 victory.

Kingston also had a quick start. Harriman did jump out to an early lead, but the Lady Jackets would close the opening period with a flurry, grabbing a 15-6 lead after eight minutes of play.

Makisha Fuller had a big opening period for Kingston with eight points while Makayla Cordell added five.

Kingston’s scoring pace slowed in the second period and that allowed the Lady Devils to close the gap to 22-14 at halftime. 

Olyvia Lunsford scored six points in the first half for Harriman while Fuller (12 points) and Cordell (8 points) combined for 20 of Kingston’s 22 points in the first two periods of play.

The third quarter was a period of runs. Harriman opened the period with a 9-0 run and would take a 23-22 lead after Jadah Gallaher hit a pair of free throws.

Harriman’s lead was short-lived, however, as Kingston closed the period with a 7-0 run to take a 29-23 lead into the final period of play.

Kingston then continued the run in the final period as they opened the frame with an 11-2 run and that was enough to pick up the 13-point victory.

Fuller led Kingston on the night with 21 points and four steals. Hayley Cornellison led the Jackets in rebounding with eight while Allison Mossing came away with six steals.

Lunsford scored eight points to lead Harriman while Haylee Goins had six rebounds.

Kingston (40) Cordell 8, Cornellison 2, Smith 2, Fuller 21, Mossing 2, Oran 3, Partello 2.

Harriman (27) Higgins 4, Moore 4, Goins 5, Lunsford 8, Gallaher 4, Bodine 2.

Boys Game

Dimitirique Inman posted a triple-double (14 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists) in leading the Blue Devils to victory in their first game of 2011.

Inman’s monster night was part of an evening that would see four Harriman players score in double figures as Darius Gallaher (12 points), Xavier Howard (18 points, 6 rebounds) and Shaquille Love (10 points) also put their name in the scoring column quite a bit.

Harriman led for much of Tuesday’s contest, but Kingston never let the Blue Devils get too far away.

Harriman would lead 12-11 after eight minutes of play and then the Blue Devils would take a 34-31 lead at halftime after a seesaw affair in the second period.

Howard led the way for Harriman in the first half with 14 points while Jordan Huddleston buried a pair of treys and scored 10 points for the Yellow Jackets.

Kingston stayed close early in the third period, but Harriman used a late run to pull out to a 51-44 lead after three periods of play.

Harriman scored the first five points of the final period to game a seemingly safe 12-point lead at 56-44, but the Jackets put together one last run. Powered by three-pointers from Derek Basler and Robbie Szozda, Kingston closed to within four points in the final two minutes, but Harriman held on down the stretch and eventually increased their lead back to 10 points when the final horn sounded.

Szozda led Kingston on the night with 16 points and five assists while Basler buried four triples and scored 14 points while pulling down a team-high six rebounds. Huddleston (12 points, 5 rebounds) and Aaron Fielden (10 points) also scored in double figures for Kingston.

Kingston (56) Huddleston 12, Mossing 1, Fielden 10, Clower 2, Szozda 16, Basler 14, Jones 1.

 Harriman (66) Inman 14, Gallaher 12, Howard 18, Love 10, Dishman 6, White 6.