Harris girls send North south with loss
"There is just something about that Blue and Gold," were the words Harris Middle coach Mark Potts told his players prior to Tuesday's 45-26 Central Tennessee Conference win over rival Franklin County North.
Potts reminded his players of the history of this rivalry between the girls basketball programs at Shelbyville and Franklin County.
North coach Tammy Talbott, who played for current Shelbyville scout and former Franklin County coach Jack Harlow, had her team prepared for Harris just like Potts had warned his players.
North took a 6-4 lead to close out the first quarter.
KeKe Dixon and Alyssa Moore had back-to-back baskets for Harris to start the second quarter as Harris (14-0, 12-0 CTC) went on a 17-0 run and took a 25-11 lead into intermission.
The Eaglette defense also held North (3-9 CTC) scoreless in the second quarter until the 1:30 mark.
Foul trouble was the story for North in the third quarter as two starters fouled out before Harris extended their lead to 42-17 at the close of the period.
Reserves played much of the fourth as Harris only scored three points in the final six minutes.
Briana McDonald led the way for the Eaglettes with 15 points while teammate Chernita Smith added 14.
Kaitlyn Payne paced North with seven points.
"I thought we came out a little slow tonight, and that might be because we had to play back-to-back games this week," Potts said. "I was real proud of Hayley Roark for continuing to run the offense, and I think we got into our game plan in the second quarter.
"Alyssa Moore battled like the warrior she is tonight and helped us stay focused throughout the game. KeKe Dixon and Bree Horner got to play some quality minutes tonight due to the fact that Tiffani Grogan was out with a knee injury."
The win was the final home conference game for Harris as they travel to Coffee County on Thursday. A win over Coffee County assures Harris of at least a co-conference championship regardless of the rest of the season.
North 33, Harris 26 (B): The Eagles kept it close for three periods before being outscored 11-5 in the fourth quarter.
James Stovall led the Gators' fourth quarter surge with seven of his game-high 15 points. Garrett Heatherly added 11.
Christian Haile' dozen points led Harris (4-10, 2-10).
The Eagles posted a 5-4 lead at the end of the first quarter then North rallied for a 14-11 advantage by the half.