Outlaw's 37 not enough as Person falls to Holly Springs
Person spent too much time in rally mode and lost to Holly Springs 69-67 in a consolation round game at the HighSchoolOT.com Holiday Invitational on Thursday.
The Rockets (8-4) trailed by as many as 11 points on two occasions in the first half but fought back to tie the game twice midway through the fourth quarter before finally falling.
Tyrone Outlaw hit a 3 from the right wing with 8 seconds left to cut the score to 69-66 but Holly Springs’ Anthony Doyle missed a pair of free throws with 6.7 seconds left to give the Rockets one final gasp.
Person moved the ball up the court and the ball ended up in JaShawn King-Barnette’s hands with just enough time for a desperation 3 from the right of the key as the buzzer sounded. He was fouled in the act of shooting and given free throws. The first one sailed through but his second attempt was off to end the game.
Outlaw finished with a tournament-high 37 points, while Logan Coats added 18. They were the only Person players in double figures.
Person had several opportunities to take the lead after knotting the score at 57-57 on a 3 by Coats with 3:30 left in the game but was unable to convert.
“We wanted to take the lead too bad,” Outlaw said. “We missed some shots we usually make.”
The Rockets got off to a much better start than in their opening-round loss as Outlaw and Coats each hit 3-pointers to start the game. But Person had trouble with turnovers in the first half with 12 and Holly Springs was able take charge of the game.
After Donyell Lowe finished a three-point play for Holly Springs to make the score 11-8 with 4:51 left in the first quarter, Person played from behind for almost the rest of the game.
Person hit nine 3-pointers in the game as Outlaw and Coats each hit four and the Rockets controlled the boards 43-37. It just wasn’t enough.
“Holly Springs did a great job,” Person coach Charles Dacus said. “Once they got the lead we couldn’t get it back. They held on and did what they had to do.”
Holly Springs coach Thurman Jordan said he was relieved his team was able to hang on.
“It was a close call,” Jordan said. “We wanted to contest the final shot but we didn’t want to foul.”
Holly Springs 69, Person 67
HOLLY SPRINGS — Jonathan Wooten 6, Markese Evans 6, Craig McDaniel 15, Anthony Doyle 17, Deojunique Flippin 15, Donyell Lowe 10.
PERSON — JaShawn King-Barnette 2, Marquis Torain 4, Derrick Bass 3, Logan Coats 18, Joseph Downey 3, Tyrone Outlaw Jr. 37.
Holly Springs 24 12 16 17—69
Person 18 15 15 19—67
3-Point FG—Holly Springs 5 (Wooten 2, Doyle, Flippin, Lowe). Person 9 (Coats 4, Outlaw 4, Downey). Rebounds—Holly Springs 37 (Lowe 9), Person 43 (Outlaw 9). Assists—Holly Springs 7 (Flippin 5), Person 13 (Coats 3).
Records—Holly Springs 6-5, Person 8-4.