Hornets fall short in Kell Classic opener

Thursday, January 10, 2019
Hornet Presley Witt shoots a jumper in the lane during game action in the George Kell Hall of Fame Classic basketball tournament this past Saturday in Swifton. (DT Photo/Cosmo Cossey)

Harrisburg’s push in the fourth quarter wasn’t enough to overcome the double digit lead Cross County had entering the quarter as the Hornets lost 58-51 this past Saturday in the opening round of the George Kell Hall of Fame Classic being played in Swifton.

Cross County got on the board first with a jumper as Presley Witt scored inside for Harrisburg to tie the game at 2. The Thunderbirds scored the next six points to go up 8-2 with 5:12 left. Ray Michael Jones got a stick back for Harrisburg as Chase Faulkner hit one of two free throws for the Hornets to cut the lead to 8-5 Cross County. The Thunderbirds scored the next five points before Witt scored inside making it 13-7 Cross County. A three-pointer by the Thunderbirds and a basket inside from Jones made it 16-8 as Cross County scored the last four points to take a 20-9 lead after one.

Layne Tucker scored inside for Harrisburg as Cross County got inside for a basket to make it 22-11 early in the second quarter. The Hornets scored the next nine points as Witt scored back to back baskets, Faulkner hit one of two free throws, Tucker hit two free throws before Jamason King hit a running jumper to make it 22-20 Cross County with 4:30 left. The Thunderbirds hit back to back baskets as Tucker got a stick back for Harrisburg as Witt added a runner to make it 26-24 T-birds. Cross County ended the quarter on a 5-2 run as Witt scored inside for Harrisburg’s points to make it 31-26 at the half.

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