Junior Hornets win district opener over Palestine-Wheatley

Thursday, February 7, 2019
Harrisburg's Justin Clem makes a basket inside during the Junior Hornet's win over Palestine-Wheatley in opening round play of the 3A-2 junior high basketball tournament in Newport. (DT Photo/Cosmo Cossey)

Harrisburg outscored Palestine-Wheatley 13-4 in the fourth quarter and hung on for a 36-35 win over the Junior Patriots in the opening round of the 3A-2 junior high district tournament this past Saturday in Newport.

Palestine-Wheatley hit one of two free throws to take the early lead before Trey Davis hit one of two free throws for Harrisburg and Justin Clem canned a three-pointer for the Junior Hornets to make it 4-1 Harrisburg with 2:43 left. The Junior Patriots responded by scoring the next eight points to take a 9-4 lead after one quarter of play.

The Junior Patriots converted a conventional three-point play to push their lead to 12-4 as Michael Deckelman hit one of two free throws for Harrisburg to make it 12-5 Palestine-Wheatley. The Junior Patriots made five straight trips to the free throws line hitting only three free throws to make it 15-5 before Davis converted an old-school three-point play and Deckelman scored inside making the score 15-10 Junior Patriots with 1:32 left. Palestine-Wheatley hit a jumper and a three-pointer to make it 20-15 as Dylan Sweeney hit a jumper for Harrisburg to make it 20-12 Junior Patriots at the half.

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