Seahawk hoopsters off to slow start

Published: Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 09:17 AM.

The Seahawks boys varsity basketball team has opened with a slow start, managing to win two of their opening eight games as they seek their first district win.

The boys nearly got their first league win on Dec. 13 at home, when they lost a 69-67 heartbreaker to district rival Liberty County, which had amassed a 39-29 halftime lead.

But Coach Mike Sweatt’s squad refused to quit, and outscored the Bulldogs 17-6 in the third quarter to knot the game at 41-all with 3:19 left in the quarter. They then ripped off five straight to take a 46-45 lead going into the final quarter.

With six minutes left, senior forward Ladarius Rhodes hit a free throw to tie it at 52-all, and then freshman Carza Harvey’s trey with 1:27 left gave the Seahawks a 62-60 lead.

It was neck-and-neck after that, until with less than 10 seconds left, Harvey nailed a second trey to pull within one, 68-67. But a Bulldog free throw secured the win for Liberty County.

Harvey led the Seahawks with 22 points, seven assists, and four steals to key the late-game comeback. Senior guard Skyler Hutchinson added 17 points.

Rhodes led the team with nine rebounds, with sophomore guard Kelsey Jones pulling down eight, and junior forward Logan McLeod seven.

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