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South girls rally for OT victory over Happy Valley

By PAT KENNEY, Sports Correspondent • Feb 6, 2019 at 1:54 AM

ELIZABETHTON — Two improbable rallies highlighted Tuesday’s Three Rivers Conference basketball action when Sullivan South traveled to Happy Valley.

The Lady Rebels used back-to-back 3-pointers in overtime to complete a 69-66 come-from-behind victory over the Lady Warriors. In the boys’ game, Happy Valley erased a 15-point second-half deficit to stun South 54-51.

South’s girls, who trailed by as many as 16 points in the first half, were still down 43-29 with 3:27 to go in the third quarter. A 20-5 run over the next seven minutes brought the Lady Rebels to within one, 50-49, with 3:28 remaining in the contest.

The Lady Warriors (15-10, 4-7) stretched the lead to 56-49 before South again rallied for a 61-56 advantage with 35 seconds left in regulation. Happy Valley’s Adrienne Henegar, who had a game-high 33 points, hit 1 of 2 free throws with 1.3 seconds left to knot the score at 61 and force overtime.

Happy Valley led 66-63 with 47 seconds left in OT before South’s Mckenzie Littleton and Alex Harris hit back-to-back treys to seal the deal for the Lady Rebels (17-10, 7-4). Harris’ 3-pointer came with 20 seconds left.

“I was just in rhythm,” Harris said. “Didn’t even think about it.”

South locked up the No. 2 seed for the District 1-AA tournament.

Harris finished with 29 points and Mollie Leslie added 18.

Shalyn Whitson scored 16 points for Happy Valley.

“We just didn’t make the defensive stops down the stretch,” said Happy Valley coach Thomas Gouge.

SOUTH FALTERS AFTER HALF

Sullivan South (19-10, 5-6) led by as many as 17 points late in the first half of the boys’ game, but that just wasn’t enough.

Happy Valley (7-18, 3-8) went on a second- half rampage and outscored the Rebels 38-20 to complete the comeback.

“I told the guys at halftime to keep believing,” said Warriors coach Jeremy Maddox. “I’m just happy for them because they’ve worked so hard.”

Bryce Carter led Happy Valley with 20 points. Sophomore Blake Young added 14, all in the second half.

Ben Diamond led South with 22 points with Cole Layne chipping in 14.

“This was 100 percent our fault,” said South coach Michael McMeans. “We just didn’t play aggressive in the second half and it cost us.”

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