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Harrisburg takes home 5th straight title

  • Members of the Harrisburg High School girls' basketball team pose with the championship trophy from the Harrisburg Invitational after the Bulldogs beat Eldorado 42-40 Saturday night.

    Members of the Harrisburg High School girls' basketball team pose with the championship trophy from the Harrisburg Invitational after the Bulldogs beat Eldorado 42-40 Saturday night.
    JEFF JONES | For The Register

 
Staff Report
updated: 12/2/2019 9:42 AM

Harrisburg won its 16th straight game of its own Invitational en route to a fifth straight title, beating Eldorado 42-40 Saturday night at Davenport Gymnasium.

Harrisburg held a seven point lead with a little under two minutes left to play, but had to hold off a furious rally by Eldorado who got to within one point, for the victory.

The Bulldogs put three players in double figures as Lauren McDaniel had a co-game-high 15 points, while Lydia Miller tacked on 13 points and Essence Sanders tacked on 10 points.

Eldorado, who got 15 points from Lilly Mosby, also had Lexie Mitchell finish in double figures as the senior guard flipped in 14 points.

The Eagles took a 14-9 lead after one quarter of play and led 24-17 at halftime, but the Bulldogs battled back, outscoring EHS 13-6 in the third quarter to tie the game at 30-all and built a seven-point lead in the final eight minutes of action.

Harrisburg, who got three points from Summer Sanders and one point from Stream Black, shot 34 percent from the field, but it was a 7-for-18 mark from the free throw line that nearly did in the 'Dogs.

"I'm just very proud of our kids," Harrisburg head coach Jake Stewart said. "They had four starters back and we lost four. We got down by double digits and our kids never quit. Eldorado is a very good team and it was a great game. We are very happy to come away with the win."

Eldorado shot 44 percent from the field and was 5-of-6 from the free throw line, while getting four points from Emma Wargel, three points from Paige Munds and two points from both Kylee Oglesby and Karis Lane.

FRIDAY

Harrisburg 46, Anna-Jonesboro 30

Essence Sanders had a game-high 12 points and Miller finished in double figures, scoring 10 points as Harrisburg knocked off Anna-Jonesboro 46-30 Friday night.

Gabby Adams added eight points, while Stream Black and Summer Sanders each finished with five points. Lauren McDaniel finished with four points, while Lauryn Gribble tossed in two points.

Eldorado 60, West Frankfort 46

Eldorado picked up its fourth straight win to start the season behind a game-high 19 points from Mitchell in a 6-46 win over West Frankfort Friday night.

Munds added 18 in the victory, while Lane tacked on 12 to also finish in double figures.

Mosby put up eight points and Wargel tacked on three points.

Lexi McLaren finished with 14 for West Frankfort, while Kane Cast tossed in 13 points.

WEDNESDAY

Harrisburg 58, Carmi-White County 24

Summer Sanders and Miller both scored in double figures as Miller led the way with 12 points and Sanders scored 11 in Harrisburg's 58-24 win over Carmi-White County Wednesday.

Lexi Williams scored seven points for the Bulldogs, while Essence Sanders and Black each chipped in with six points. Riley Harrison finished with four points, while Chelsea Davidson and Adams both scored three points. Gribble had two points for Harrisburg.