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Harrison County overcomes first-half deficit to win region opener

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By Mike Aldridge

George Rogers Clark’s Cardinals looked like anything but a team with a 9-20 record in the first half of the final quarter final game of the 10th Region Tournament Tuesday night.  
The Cards used a very patient offense and some good shooting to take an early lead and maintained it throughout the first period.  
George Rogers Clark made nine of 12 field goal attempts in the first period to take a 19-16 lead after the first eight minutes.  
Harrison County also shot the ball well making six of 11 but a turnover here and a rebound there gave the Cardinals the three-point lead.
The second quarter was the most poorly played segment of the game as each team committed five turnovers in the period and between the two of them made two of 20 field goal attempts.  
Each team managed four points in the quarter so George Rogers Clark led Harrison by three at 23 to 20 at the half.
Harrison County opened the second half with two straight field goals to take the lead 24-23 after only a minute had been played.  
After a Cardinal time out, the lead seesawed back and forth until senior Jordan Stubbs sank two long distance shots to propel the Thorobreds into a lead that they would not relinquish.  
George Rogers Clark rallied a bit near the end of the third period but Jordan Martin made a steal on the left sideline and hit Scott Kendall for a lay in that seemed to break the Cardinal’s spirit.
Harrison County became more deliberate in the fourth period as they worked the ball around the perimeter of the floor using the time and not settling for less than a really good shot.  
This patience allowed the Thorobreds to make three of four from the field in the final period where they also made four of six free tosses.
George Rogers Clark, after being red hot in the first quarter, turned cold for the rest of the night making only seven of 40 from the field in the final three stanzas.    
George Rogers Clark was led in scoring by sophomore forward Luke Sharrock who scored 11 points to go with nine rebounds.  
Junior Khmarkis Blanton was also in double figures for the Cardinals with 10 points.  
George Rogers Clark ended the season with a 9-21 record.  
Harrison County also had two players in double figures as Dillon Pulliam had 17 points and seven rebounds to lead the way.  
Stubbs added 10 points on three-of-five shooting from the field and two for two from the charity stripe.  
Elijah Gross had a big night on the boards for the Thorobreds grabbing nine rebounds for the contest.  
Harrison County won the battle of the boards 29 to 23 while committing 11 turnovers to nine for the Cardinals.  
Harrison County improved to 20 -12 for the year and will do battle Friday night with Scott High in the semi final round of the region tournament.  
The Eagles (15-14) defeated the Augusta Panthers 62-59 in the opening game on Tuesday night.
The two teams met during the season on Dec. 4 with the Eagles winning an 83-79 barn burner.