Losing can’t come down much harder than it did on the Inman Middle School Bulldogs Tuesday in Clarksville.
The Bulldogs had battled into overtime at Rossview Middle School and thought Caden Marshall had hit a game-tying 3-pointer as the buzzer sounded to end the overtime period. The game officials held a lengthy meeting on the court and ruled the shot was good for just two points, which allowed Rossview to escape with a 39-38 victory.
In the girls’ game, the Lady Bulldogs rallied from a 21-20 halftime deficit to post a 46-42 victory. Inman’s girls are now 10-5 on the season while the Bulldogs slipped to 7-8.
Inman will be back in action Saturday at Dyersburg. Play begins at noon.
LADY BULLDOGS 46,
LADY HAWKS 42
Inman opened the game by posting a 12-9 scoring edge in the first quarter thanks to 10 points from Fajona Sneed.
Rossview battled back to win the second-period scoring battle 12-8 and grabbed a 21-20 halftime lead.
Inman surged in front by going on a 10-7 scoring run in the third stanza. Tierra Russell hit a 3-point shot and scored five points to help the Lady Bulldogs take a 30-28 lead.
The Lady Bulldogs’ 16-14 scoring edge in the fourth period completed the 46-42 victory. Russell and Brook Blankenship both scored six points for Inman.
For the game, Sneed led Inman in scoring with 17 points while Russell finished with 11. Blankenship added eight points with Bayleigh Thompson scoring six on two 3-point baskets. Fayth England chipped in four points.
HAWKS 39, BULLDOGS 38 (OT)
Rossview held a 39-36 lead when Marshall launched his shot that the Bulldogs believed was a tying 3-pointer at the end of the overtime period but it was ruled he stepped inside the arc.
Inman started well by grabbing an 11-5 lead in the first quarter. Evan Richardson scored six points.
The Bulldogs managed a 5-3 scoring edge in the second quarter that gave the Bulldogs a 16-8 halftime advantage. Truitt Webb sank a 3-pointer for Inman in the second period.
Rossview erupted for a 17-6 scoring run in the third period to move in front by a 25-22 margin.
The Bulldogs forged the tie at the end of regulation by outscoring the Hawks 11-8 in the fourth quarter. Marshall poured in nine points, including a 3-pointer.
He finished with 22 points in the game to top Inman’s scoring list. Richardson added eight and Webb scored six. Mason Shankel contributed two points.