On Friday, January 3, 2020, the Harrison Hoyas hosted their regional and district opponent the Osborne Cardinals at home for an evening of basketball. Both teams were playing their first games of the New Year.
The girls got things started at 6 PM. The Hoyas were defending a seven-game win streak, while the Cardinals were looking to stop a two-game losing streak. The game got off to slow start, with both teams looking a little rusty. The Hoyas were coming off a week-long break since their last game, but for the Cardinals it had been three weeks since their last on-court appearance. It was mostly back and forth through the first quarter, with Harrison’s Meredith Ward breaking the stalemate with a three to end the quarter with the Hoyas leading, 6-9. The Cardinals would play from behind the rest of the game.
Three-point shooting was mostly even for the teams, with Harrison taking a slight advantage outside the ring late in the game. Osborne’s passing was risky and forced, causing several turnovers for the Cardinals in the second and third quarters. Halftime and the third quarter ended with the Hoyas up eight points. Several shooting fouls on Alisha Foster by the Cardinals extended the Hoya lead to eleven to end the game with the final score at 31-42. The Hoya Girls remain perfect in regional play (7-0), with an overall record of 13-3. Osborne’s record is 2-5 in the region, and 5-5 overall.
The Boy’s game was competitive from the start, with the Cardinals taking an seven-point lead into halftime. It seemed like the momentum was going Osborne’s way, but Harrison coach David Brock got his team re-focused and the Hoyas came out ready to play, outscoring the Cardinals 6-18 in the third quarter thanks to strong play from Jonathan Gernatt on offense and defense.
The Cardinals came within three points early in the fourth quarter, but the Hoyas turned up the intensity in the final quarter and won the game by nine points (49-58). Coach Brock was pleased with his team’s resilience: “We showed coachability in the second half to execute what we needed to do,” he said. “We got our football players back a little bit later than everyone else, but they’ve injected some life into the team and we’re continuing to get better. Hopefully by late January we’ll be playing our best ball.”
Both teams (boys and girls) have another region game tonight (1/4/19). The Hoyas welcome Dalton at home, and the Cardinals host Creekview at home. Good luck to both schools in tonight’s games!