Harris girls lose first game of season

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Harris Middle's Eaglettes picked the wrong night not to bring their "A-Game" as East Middle held on down the stretch to pull off a huge 49-47 Central Tennessee Conference upset Monday in Tullahoma.

Harris (9-1, 8-1 in CTC) remains atop the conference as East has two losses. The Eaglettes defeated East 46-38 earlier in the season.

Eaglette Janie Graves picked up three quick fouls in the first quarter and was sidelined for most of the first half as East pulled out to a 13-10 advantage at the end of the opening period and led 25-20 at halftime.

Harris dominated the third quarter, taking a 33-31 lead going into the final period when East cashed in on 12-of-14 free throw attempts.

Kristina Tucker led East with 19 tallies and Jenna Larson added 11.

Alex Martin carried the load for the Eaglettes, scoring 25 points.

Poor rebounding, missed scoring opportunities inside the paint and dismal effort at the foul line contributed to the loss.

The Eaglettes made only 8-of-21 free throws in the contest while East hit on 17-of-25 attempts.

"Actually, we lost this game at the free-throw line," Eaglette coach Mark Potts said. "We just didn't play with a lot of effort and heart. You have to give East credit, they wanted this game and they just outplayed us."

Harris over East (B): The scorebook was incomplete for winless East so a final score was not turned in. But it was a double-digit win for the Eagles, who scored 47 points.

Harris (5-5, 5-4) took control early, allowing coach Bubba Shavers to clear the bench and give the younger guys some quality playing time.

"We really came out and played well from the start," Shavers said. "I was pleased with our effort and the way the younger guys competed."

Tyler Bowen led the Eagles with 16 points while Tyler Vannatta added 10.

Harris travels to conference foe White County on Thursday.