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Harden shoots Harris into semis

Friday, February 1, 2013

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Harris Middle's Michael Hayworth takes Coffee County's Garrett Booth to the basket in the Eagles Central Tennessee Conference Tournament win on Thursday night.
(T-G Photo by Gary Johnson)
MANCHESTER -- Jamal Harden scored a game-high 23 points and connected on 12-of-14 free throws, including 8-of-8 in the fourth quarter, to lead Harris Middle School's Golden Eagles to a 40-31 win over host Coffee County in the opening round of the Central Tennessee Conference Tournament on Thursday evening.

After trailing 13-7 at the end of the first quarter and 20-15 at intermission, the Eagles cut the lead to 26-25 after three periods before outscoring their opponent 15-5 in the fourth stanza to secure the win.

Harris advances to the semifinals tonight at 8 against Warren County at Coffee County Middle School.

"If you're going to advance in a tournament, you've got to make your free throws and take care of the basketball and we did that late in the game," Harris coach Tim Gardner said.

"We did a good job of getting the ball into the hands of who we wanted to shoot the free throws late in the game and Jamal Harden and Camari Cannon and did their job."

Harden canned a 3-pointer to give the Eagles a little breathing room with a 32-28 lead then Harris closed out the game with a 8-3 run.

"They hurt us a little in the first half with their height but we made some adjustments and played much better defense in the second half," Gardner said.

Cannon finished with eight points, including a pair of huge free throws late in the game.

Grant Sadler netted nine and Garrett Eldridge followed with seven to lead the Red Raiders.

Harris 7 8 10 15 -- 40

Coffee Co. 13 7 6 5 -- 31

Harris: Harden 23, Cannon 8, Hayworth 4, Young 3, Wilkerson 2.

Coffee Co.: Sadler 9, Eldridge 7, Booth 6, Chumley 4, Riddle 3, Taylor 2.

3-point goals: Harris (2): Harden 1, Young 1.

Halftime score: Coffee Co. 20, Harris 15.