Hornets Come Up Short in H.I.T. Finale
Facing a 41-27 deficit heading into the fourth period, the Hornets tied the game at 43-43 with 3:24 left in regulation, but 5-straight points by the Harmon Panthers knocked the wind out of the Hornets sails to win the Division II Home Town Invitational Tournament by the score of 55-49 Feb. 15 inside Robert C Bryd High School Gymnasium.
“We didn’t shoot the ball very well tonight, it was diffidently our worse shooting night,” said HHS Head Coach Virgil Wilkins. “We struggled with Soles on the bench due to foul trouble, but the boys hung in their and gave it their all.”
The Hornets Cody Soles the games first points with a rebound put-back at the 6-minute mark, but the Panthers scored the next 4-points, before Robert Hostutler tied it all up at 4-4. However, the Hornets top scorer Cody Soles picked up two early fouls and didn’t return till the third period.
Harmon would drill a 3-pointer, but Hundred’s Aaron Stephens, Logan Norris and Martin Baker each knocked down a deuce to give the #1 seed Hundred the lead at 10-7, but the Panters would close out the first with a pair of rebound put-backs to take a 11-10 lead heading into the second period.
Harmon would score the first 3-points before the Hornets Eli Geho would swish a bonus bomb at 6:30. But, just as quick, Soles would pick up his third foul and sit the remainder of the period.
Harmon would score six of the next 8-points, before Hostutler scored 2-straight points.
However, the Panthers would go on a 9-2 run to head into the locker room 31-20.
There was not to many points scored in the third, but Soles again scored the periods first bucket with a steal and a deuce to open the fourth 2-minutes in. Harmon would close out the period with a 10-5 run with Aaron Stephens making a nifty reverse lay-up to end the period with Harmon on top, 41-27.
Soles for the third time, led-off the scoring with 3-straight free throws. The Hornets defense went to a full court press that caused countless Panther turnovers that helped get them back into the game at 43-43 with 3:24 left in the game.
Two straight Hornet fouls led to a 2-point Harmon lead, but it also came with a price, a Martin Baker fifth foul.
Harmon scored three more points to build their lead to 48-43, but Hostutler’s rebound put-back closed the gap to 48-45 with 1:27 left on the clock, and a Soles rebound put-back had the Panthers only up 1-point inside a minute to play.
But, that is as close as the Hornets would get, as Harmon would out-score the Hornets, 7-4 the rest of the way to gain the H.I.T. Title.
Soles and Norris was chosen as the Hornets MVP of the game, paced Hundred with 19-points, and 10-points respectively, while Soles also added 6-rebounds, 3-steals and 3-assists. Norris also added 5-rebounds, 3-steals and 3-assists. Hostutler had a nice game, as he collected 6-points and 11-rebounds, 4-steals and 3-blocked shots, while Baker netted 5-points and 6-steals. Aaron Stephens collected 4-points, -rebounds, 3-steals and dished out 3-assists, while Eli Geho tallied 5points and 6-rebounds for all the Hundred scoring.
The Harmon Panthers Braydan Huffman and Shane Varner scored 18 and 11-points, respectively for all the Panther double-digit scoring, and, was chosen as the Panthers MVP of the game.