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Buzzer beater: Hornets down Vikings on last second shot

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Community's Tanner Simmons is mugged by two Hornet defenders while in mid-air in the closing minutes.
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UNIONVILLE -- Seth Satterfield had the game that every kid dreams of for Huntland on Friday night.

Unfortunately, it was at the Community Vikings expense.

Satterfield scored a game high 33 points and hit the game winning shot at the horn from 3-point land to lead his team to a thrilling 61-60 come-from-behind win and ensure that the Hornets maintain at least a piece of first place in District 9-A.

"Our kids fought from behind and played their hearts out tonight," Community coach Robbie Davis said. "We battled and found a way to take the lead with just a few seconds left and their guy hit a tough shot to win the game for them.

"We had the right defense called for the play but we got lost on the switch when they double screened the defender assigned to Satterfield and he got an open look from a spot on the floor that he had not shot from all night. We were late getting a hand in his face and he knocked the shot down.

"Sometimes you just have to tip your hat and move on."

Community trailed 16-14 after one frame and left the floor for intermission facing a 29-24 deficit.

Both squads picked up the pace offensively in the third period with Tanner Simmons posting six, Logan Pierce five, and point guard Luke Primm notched four to pace a Viking comeback to tie the game 44-all to begin the fourth quarter.

The two teams took turns with the lead with the Hornets leading by as many as six when Pierce, Simmons, and Primm went to work dominating the boards and scoring a combined 14 points for the Vikings.

Pierce scored on three consecutive trips down the floor to counter Satterfield's blistering 3-point barrage on the other end and Primm answered with a clutch 3-pointer with less than two minutes to play to keep the Vikings within striking distance.

Simmons had four points in the final scrum but it was a hard foul he took in midair on a breakaway layup attempt that proved to be crucial when it led to a five point turnaround for the visitors after a technical was called on the junior for staring at the offending player after the foul.

Despite the setback, the Vikings roared back to take the lead 60-58 with just six seconds remaining on a Pierce rebound and put back among a sea of arms and legs in the paint.

Sattefield, who scored all 17 points the Hornets had in the fourth quarter, then hit his fourth 3-pointer of the period from the right of the key as the horn sounded on a stunned home crowd that moments before was festive and loud.

Satterfield led all scorers in the contest. Kobe Foster added 11 for the visitors.

The Vikings got balanced scoring with Pierce leading the way with 18. Primm added 16 and Simmons contributed 14.

Huntland hit 10-of-14 freethrows.

Community struggled to get to the line and made 4-of-8 when they did shoot them.

The Vikings travel to Chapel Hill on Tuesday to take on district opponent Forrest. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30.

Huntland (61): Satterfield 33, Foster 11, McLennan 8, Jernigan 5, L Ray 4, E. Ray.

Community (60): Pierce 18, Primm 16, Simmons 14, Grissom 4, Frost 3, Cowan 3, Pride 2, Paschal, Parker, Broiles, Fanning.

3-point goals: Huntland 9, Community 4.

Halftime score: Huntland 29, Community 24.


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