HG swept at home Fri­day

The Saline Courier - - FRONT PAGE - By Josh Briggs [email protected]­ton­courier.com

HASKELL — A week­end shy of start­ing the sec­ond se­mes­ter of the 2019-20 school year, the Har­mony Grove Car­di­nals took the hard­wood Fri­day, bat­tling against con­fer­ence ri­val Epis­co­pal Collegiate at Daniel Hen­ley Field­house.

Look­ing for a much­needed win to kick­start the sec­ond half of the sea­son, Har­mony Grove played to a close con­test most of the game, lead­ing at half­time 22-18 be­fore be­ing tied af­ter three at 36-36.

A 21-point fourth quar­ter and near flaw­less de­fen­sive show­ing in the frame for the Wild­cats pro­pelled Epis­co­pal ahead as the Car­di­nals mus­tered only 12 points to fall 57-48.

The Wild­cats com­mit­ted zero turnovers in the fourth, while forc­ing six of the Car­di­nals 18 mis­cues dur­ing that time.

Che Smith was tough to stop in the sec­ond half, scor­ing 24 of his game-high 29 dur­ing that time.

Jace Mitchell chipped in with 18, in­clud­ing four 3-point­ers for the Wild­cats.

Har­mony Grove’s Nick Wayson was hot early, hit­ting two 3-point­ers in the first quar­ter, scor­ing a to­tal of 13 in the first half. How­ever, he would be held to a to­tal of four in the sec­ond half, in­clud­ing a score­less fourth frame.

Team-lead­ing scorer Tyler Nuck­ols added only six in the loss for Har­mony Grove.

The Car­di­nals fell to 5-9 over­all on the year and 0-2 in 5-3A Con­fer­ence ac­tion.

As a team, Har­mony Grove con­verted on 6 of 16 three’s, while Epis­co­pal

knocked down 8 of 12 from long range.

Lady Car­di­nals fall hard at home Down to a to­tal of seven play­ers on the ros­ter, the

Har­mony Grove Lady Car­di­nals did not re­turn from hol­i­day break they way they had hoped, fall­ing 41-22 to Epis­co­pal Collegiate on Fri­day.

Har­mony Grove scored a to­tal of 10 points in the first half, but trailed by only two as the Wild­cats mus­tered a

mere 12 to that point.

How­ever, a 16-4 show­ing in the third gave the Lady Cats a 28-14 lead and threw Har­mony Grove into a hole it would not dig out of.

Har­mony Grove failed to score in dou­ble dig­its in any of the four quar­ters, adding four in the third and

eight in the fourth in the loss.

Grace Reese led the Lady Car­di­nals with nine, fol­lowed by Hai­ley Webb with eight.

Team lead­ing scorer Kai­ley Souther­land was held to a sea­son-low two.

Avery Marsh led all scorers

with 13 for Epis­co­pal, fol­lowed by Ri­ley Brady with 11 — all in the fourth quar­ter.

Har­mony Grove would com­mit 14 turnovers to Epis­co­pal’s five for the game.

The Lady Car­di­nals slip to 4-10 over­all and re­main

win­less in con­fer­ence ac­tion at 0-2.

Both the Car­di­nals and Lady Car­di­nals will play again Tues­day as they travel to Jacksonvil­le Light­house. Open­ing tip for the Lady Car­di­nals is set for 6 p.m. The Car­di­nals will fol­low.

GREG DAVIS/ Spe­cial to The Saline Courier

Isa­iah Scruggs goes up for a shot dur­ing a re­cent game. The Har­mony Grove Car­di­nals fell short to Epis­co­pal Collegiate on Fri­day and will now take on Jacksonvil­le Light­house on the road Tues­day at 7:30 p.m.

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