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Harris heartbreak
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Just when the Warren County Middle School girls basketball team thought it had Harris Middle School in its sights, Romny Felts changed the course of the game.
Felts broke a 33-33 tie with 12.4 seconds to go to help Harris Middle School defeat the Lady Pioneers 36-33 Thursday night at Warren County Middle School gym.
Warren County (5-2) fought back to tie the game when Madison Mason sank two pressure-packed free throws with 22.8 seconds remaining, but Felts came up with the game-winning bucket on the ensuing possession.
The Lady Pioneers tried to force a stop to send the game to overtime after Mason’s free throws, but Felts got free at the top of the key and drilled the dagger shot.
Warren County turned the ball over on the inbounds play as the Lady Pioneers had trouble all game breaking the press. Felts added a late free throw to put the game away.
Warren County led 14-13 at halftime behind five first-half points from Mason. Mason hit a 3-pointer to open the game and added a layup to her total.
Neva Tackett added four points before the break, giving the Lady Pioneers a slim lead entering the locker rooms.
Harris stormed back in the third quarter, outscoring Warren County 14-7 to take a six-point lead into the final period.
With the Lady Pioneers trying to extend a three-game winning streak, Mason and Elsa Eckenrod kept putting their heads down and moving toward the basket.
Mason and Eckenrod earned 14 free throws in the final period, including six in the final minute. Mason  cut the deficit to three when she split a pair of free tosses with 40 seconds to play. The second was off the mark, but Eckenrod corralled the offensive rebound and went for the putback.
Eckenrod was hammered trying to take the shot, sending the eighth-grade forward to the charity stripe for two shots. Eckenrod made the first, but missed the second as the Lady Pioneers still trailed by two.
Harris couldn’t put the game away on the other end, missing a shot under the basket. Mason grabbed the rebound and started upcourt, but was tripped up on her way to the basket.
A whistle sent Mason to the line where she calmly sank the tying freebies, but Felts got to be the hero for Harris with her final shot.
Mason finished with a team-high 13 points for the Lady Pioneers, followed by eight points apiece from Tackett and Eckenrod. Emily Webb and Tatum Young had two points each.
The Lady Pioneers will be back in action tomorrow with a road game against Franklin North Middle School. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m.