Harriman splits with Oakdale

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By Goose Lindsay

Neighborhood rivals Harriman and Oakdale got together on the hardwood Tuesday night and both schools would come away with a victory.

In the girls game, Oakdale rallied from one point down at halftime to pick up a 36-28 victory. 

There would be no rally in the boys game as Harriman dominated from start to finish in picking up a 60-32 victory.

The Morgan County vs. Roane County theme will continue for these teams Friday night as Harriman visits Wartburg while Oakdale travels to Rockwood.

Girls Game

After sweeping Harriman last season, the Lady Eagles made it three-in-a-row Tuesday with a 36-28 victory.

Although Oakdale eventually won the game, Harriman gave the 8-0 Lady Eagles a tough time as the Lady Devils led 8-5 after eight minutes of play.

Courtney Thomas and Olyvia Lunsford scored three points each for Harriman in the opening quarter while Lindsey Kilby scored four for the Lady Eagles.

Things remained tight in the second quarter as Oakdale pulled to within 14-13 at halftime.

The score remained tight in the third quarter, but the third quarter would see the Lady Eagles take the lead for good. Oakdale outscored Harriman 12-7 in the period to take a 25-21 lead into the final eight minutes of play.

Kilby and Nicole Thompson led Oakdale’s attack in the third period with five points each.

Lunsford buried a three-pointer and scored five points in the final period, but it wasn’t enough to lead a comeback as Oakdale pulled away to the eight-point win.

Kilby led Oakdale on the night with 16 points and 11 rebounds while Thompson (7 points, 6 steals), Amber Snow (7 points, 3 assists) and Marissa Redmon (6 points, 4 steals) combined for the Lady Eagles remaining points.

Lunsford led Harriman with 10 points and three assists. Lindsey Higgins (6 points, 7 rebounds) and Jada Gallaher (5 assists) also put up big numbers for the Lady Devils.

Oakdale (36) Kilby 16, Thompson 7, Redmon 6, Snow 7.

Harriman (28) Gallaher 2, Goins 3, Higgins 6, Lunsford 10, Moore 2, Thomas 5.

Boys Game

Jeff King’s Harriman Blue Devils didn’t fare so well over the weekend at the Sweetwater Thanksgiving Classic, but playing in the friendly confines of Richard D. Pickell Gymnasium made a world of difference Tuesday as the Blue Devils slammed Oakdale, 60-32.

Harriman took control early as the Blue Devils raced out to an 18-3 lead after eight minutes of play.

Sophomore sensation Xavier Howard had a huge first quarter with two three-pointers and 13 points while Darius Gallaher added five points.

Oakdale did settle down somewhat in the second quarter and trimmed four points off Harriman’s lead. 

Powered by six points each from D.J. Currier and Tee Steinmetz along with a 60-foot buzzer beater from Tim Stewart, the Eagles pulled to within 31-20 at intermission.

Gallaher scored six points in the second period for Harriman while freshman D.C. Upton added five.

The third quarter would see Harriman regain the momentum and put the game away.

Gallaher and Howard scored six points each in the frame as Harriman took a 48-29 lead into the final period of play.

Harriman also outscored Oakdale 11-3 in the final period to put the finishing touches on the 28-point victory.

Howard led Oakdale with 24 points and five boards while Gallaher added 17 points, five assists and four steals.

Dimitrique Inman (4 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists) and Shaquille Love (8 points, 10 rebounds) also played well for Harriman in the win.

Currier (10 points, 5 rebounds) led the way for the Eagles with Josh Kilby added eight points and six rebounds. Jacob Pease led Oakdale with eight rebounds.

Oakdale (32) Kilby 8, Steinmetz 6, Currier 10, Stewart 6, Perry 2.

 Harriman (60) Inman 4, Gallaher 17, Howard 24, Love 8, Upton 5, White 2.