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Owls’ second half comeback sinks Tigers, hands GHS first loss

Owls 50, 

Tigers 44

By Shea Haile

Courier Sports

GORDONSVILLE — The in-county rivalry between the Smith County High Owls and the Gordonsville High Tigers basketball teams added another thrilling and entertaining classic last Friday night at GHS.

The Tigers saw a 34-20 halftime lead evaporate as the Owls out-scored Big Blue 30-10 in the second half to secure the 50-44 comeback victory.

Gordonsville roared out to a 14 point first half lead after a 22-12 second quarter surge. The Tigers shot 11-of-24 from the field in the first half — connecting on 46 percent of their shots. The first two quarters saw the hosts go 7-of-12 from three point range. 

Big Blue went cold in the second half as the unit tossed in 4-of-27 field goals. The 14 percent shooting percentage combined with increased defensive pressure from the Black-and-Gold was key to the Owls comeback. 

Smith Co. improved to 2-5 with the victory. The six point loss was the first of the season for big Blue as the squad dropped to 4-1. 

The Owls trimmed their 14 point deficit to 39-35 after a 15-4 third quarter burst. 

Smith Co. took a 46-44 lead on a Clayton Rigsby two-point basket with 40 seconds remaining in regulation. Four late Owl free throws and a Tigers’ turnover with 9.2 seconds remaining helped seal the six point Smith Co. victory. 

Rigsby led the Owls with 19 points. Peyton Hix was also in double figures with 13 points including five critical fourth quarter points. Taylor Kemp added seven while Tyler Jones and Morgan Sinclair tallied four points apiece. Riley Martin concluded the scoring with a second quarter triple. 

Gordonsville sophomore J Foster reached the 20 point mark for the second time in less than a week. Foster tossed in 19 of his 20 points in the first half including four treys. Brodie Sykes added nine points while Tristan Woos posted eight. Eli Adams tallied four and James Peoples drained a triple. 

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