Monday, February 20, 2017

Tiger Teams Sweep South Harrison for First Time in 27 Years

Worth County’s teams swept South Harrison for the first time in 27 years as the girls won 53-51 in overtime and the boys won 67-56.

The last time Worth County's teams swept South Harrison was in 1989-90. The girls won by two points. With six seconds left, Lisa Sanders was called for a charge, giving South Harrison a chance to tie or win. But then she stole the ball and dribbled out the clock to preserve the win. The boys game was a track meet, with neither team able to guard the other. But Will Gladstone, uncle of current Tiger guard Anna Gladstone, scored 38 points for the Tiger victory as the boys won by 12. The boys would go on to become GRC Tri-Champs that year with King City and Stanberry. Allen Dukes, who would become a long-time football coach at Lenox, coached the Tigers that year for the boys.

The girls trailed by as much as 10 points in the second half, but came back and got the lead in the fourth quarter. But with six seconds left and South Harrison having to go the full length of the court down three, they rushed it up the floor and hit a 30-footer at the buzzer to tie it and send it to overtime. But the Tigers were able to make more free throws than their rivals in the extra period, a reversal from the first meeting between the two teams. The game was marred by a ton of hacking and fouling on both sides, as the two teams combined to go to the line 86 times that game. Regan Allee had 21 points to pace the Tigers despite facing a box and one most of the night.

The boys fell behind 13-5 early in the game, but fought back to take the lead, 29-27 at the half. From there, Cade Allee had a career night as he finished with 27 points. The Tigers took a 47-29 lead over South Harrison early and then held off repeated efforts by South Harrison to get back in the game. Drake Kinsella was a force in the second half and finished with 11. Mason Hawk had 10 points, 10 boards, and nearly had a triple double as he had 6 assists. Ryan McClellan had 9 points and 8 assists. Coach Bryce Schafer said he was pleased with how well the team shared the ball that game.

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