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Itawamba came from behind and took the Rebels to double overtime in a win last Thursday at the Hickory Flat Christmas Classic.
Andrew McDonald tied the game at 46 for the Indians, and Tyler Dossett put Itawamba ahead by two with 11.7 seconds remaining. Hickory Flat’s Tucker Cook tied the game, forcing the first overtime, which almost went in favor of the Indians.
Dossett helped put Itawamba ahead on free throws, but missed two that would have made it a two-possession game. The Rebels tied the game at 52, forcing the second overtime.
Josh Hargett opened the second overtime with a three-pointer for the Indians, and Itawamba scored the first six points, out scoring the Rebels, 11-8, to take the win.
The loss for the Rebels comes as senior leader Jordan Thompson suffered a sprained ankle in the first quarter, missing the remainder of the game.
“I was very pleased with our effort and togetherness in a game where it would have been easy to throw in the towel,” Hickory Flat coach Michael Seger said.
“Our guys stuck together even after our senior leader went out with a sprained ankle in the first quarter. The lessons learned in the game will make us a better team.”
James Baker led the Rebels with 24 points.
Desoto Central 52 Hickory Flat 37 (girls)
Despite a strong start and a tied ball game at the half, the Lady Rebels were unable to keep up with Desoto Central, falling 52-37 on the first night of the Christmas Classic.
Hickory Flat held an early lead in the first, until Rodneysha Martin gave the Lady Jags a 10-9 advantage in the second quarter.
After being tied at 19 at the half, Desoto Central pulled away in the second half, out scoring the Lady Rebels, 33-18, in the half.
Megan Roth led Hickory Flat with 12 points. Nay Strickland led the Lady Jags with 18 points.
Hickory Flat defeated Lewisburg, 63-46, during the second day of the tournament on Friday.
New Albany also participated in the tournament, falling 73-67 to Desoto Central on Thursday after an 18 point performance by Jarrel Lipsey.
The Bulldogs defeated Itawamba, 92-74, led by 17 points from Eric Chaney. William Harding, Harrison Harding and Marques Barton each added 10 points in the win. New Albany closed the tournament with a 70-45 loss to Coahoma County, falling to 8-6 on the season.