Houston County’s boys earned their first Region 1-AAAAAA win Tuesday night. They had to do it by going through Northside and by overcoming a 14-point deficit midway through the third. They did, taking their first lead since early in the first quarter with 19 seconds left, 67-66. The Eagles did have a couple of chances to take it back but were unable to and fell 69-66.
Northside, after overcoming a 5-0 deficit to start – all five coming from Chris Horton – led 15-14 after one. It led 40-30 at the half and was still hanging on, 58-53, when the fourth began.
With the win, Houston County improved to 12-5 overall, 1-2 in the division, while the Eagles, minus two starters it should be added, fell to 3-11, 0-1.
On the girls’ side, Kaliyah Little scored 18 to lead the Lady Eagles to a 47-38 win over the Lady Bears. Little also surpassed the 1,000 point mark for her career. Sixteen of her points came in the second half, to include eight in the third and going six-of-seven from the free-throw line in the fourth.
Every point proved crucial considering how tight the game was. Houston County led 6-3 after one – both getting plenty of opportunities; Northside intent on attempting a number of threes. The lead was 17-15, Lady Eagles at the half and just 31-27 heading into the final quarter.
Shay Williams also had nine for Northside. Those all came via 3-pointers and in the second half.
T.J. Lawrence led the Lady Bears’ effort with 16. They dropped to 5-10 overall, 0-3 in the division. Northside improved to 9-4, 1-0.
Elsewhere, Veterans took a 1-AAAAA twin-bill from Harris County. The Lady Warhawks won 58-49. The boys rose up in overtime to a 90-80 victory.
Staci Jones led the girls with 27 points and 16 rebounds. Tamia Luckey had 17, including two treys.
They led 13-11 after one but trailed by a point, 27-26, at the half. They outscored the Lady Tigers 15-9 in the third to go up 41-36 heading into the fourth. They then put up 17 to the visitor’s 13.
They also improved to 15-2 overall, 2-0 in the region. Harris County fell to 12-4, 2-1.
DeAngelo Hines was one of the stars for the boys. He had 30, including five 3-pointers. Rodney Jones had 20. Horace Johnson had 18 – and seven rebounds to lead that category – and Jordan Scott 12.
The Warhawks trailed 16-12 after one and 35-29 at the half. By the end of the third it was 53-49, Tigers, with Veterans tying it with a 23-point fourth – the Harris County’s 19. The Warhawks then outscored their visitor 18-8 in the extra period.
They improved to 11-4 overall, 2-0 in the region – both the girls and boys are now both at the top of the standings – while Harris County fell to 11-6, 1-2.
In one other known result, Perry’s girls beat Howard on the road 46-25. They trailed 12-11 after one but had taken a 21-19 lead by the half. They were up 33-23 after three.
They improved to 9-4 overall, 3-0 in Region 2-AAAA. The Lady Huskies fell to 3-11, 0-3.