Hillsboro’s Jamonte Davis hit a mid-range jump shot with 1.6 seconds remaining Monday night to give the Burros a 38-36 victory at Independence.
“Davis made a good shot at the end,” Indy coach Greg Glass said of the game-winning basket. “We can’t have a lapse like that and let their best player get a wide open shot like that. That was uncharacteristic of us.”
Davis, a 6-foot-8 senior committed to Tennessee State University, had a game-high 14 points – 10 coming in the second half.
It was the second time in four days the Eagles (15-9, 4-4) and Burros (17-6, 3-5) met on the hardwood, with Indy winning in Green Hills 42-38 Feb. 1.
Glass admits it is difficult to play back-to-back games against a district opponent, but it was the same for both schools.
“It’s tough but that’s what we were dealt with due to scheduling conflicts,” he said. “You’ve just got to deal with it. Both teams were somewhat at a disadvantage playing back-to-back games, but that’s just how it is sometimes.”
The difference between games, according to Glass, was tempo and turnovers. Independence controlled tempo in the first meeting while they had 15 turnovers in a slow paced Monday – the equivalent to 30 in a normal game said the coach.
Independence opened the contest slow, falling to a 11-2 deficit through the first six minutes of the game.
The Eagles countered in the second quarter, holding Hillsboro to two points while shrinking their lead to 15-13 by halftime.
Deion Sims and Vic Wharton led Indy in the third quarter as the teams fought to five lead changes. Sims scored six of his 11 points in the period while Wharton made eight of his 11.
Leading 35-31 with 2:18 remaining, Hillsboro capitalized on Independence turnovers – outscoring the home team 7-1 down the stretch.
Independence continues their District 11-AAA schedule Tuesday against Centennial while Hillsboro hosts Ravenwood.
Lady Eagles create jam atop standings with win
The Independence Lady Eagles handed Hillsboro their second district loss of the season, defeating the Lady Burros 49-43.
Indy (16-8, 6-2)) led jumped to a 22-16 advantage by halftime before Hillsboro (21-5, 6-2) cut the deficit to one point after the third quarter.
The Lady Eagles answered in the final period as J.T. Twaddle made several key baskets in the post to extend the home team’s advantage. Twaddle, a senior, had a game-high 23 points and two 3-pointers. Hannah Winters chipped in with 13 points.
Nicole Bowers led Hillsboro with 18 points.
Indy’s win creates a logjam atop the District 11-AAA standings as Hillsboro, Independence, and Brentwood each hold 6-2 district records heading into Tuesday’s games. All three have split games this season.