Troopers work extra for big road win

By BRANDON SPECK
Daily Journal
ABERDEEN – What looked like a blowout in the making took extra time Friday night in Aberdeen.
Mooreville, ranked fifth by the Journal, found a rare win over Aberdeen Friday, 65-60, over the No. 4 Bulldogs.
Austin Timms hit a go-ahead 3-pointer in overtime and Mooreville hit 5 of 8 free throws in the overtime.
“You’ll most likely see them again and now you’ll have to step your game up,” Aberdeen coach Roy Hazzle said. “This loss is bitter but it can be sweet in the end.”
Mooreville (23-3, 4-0) took its first lead of the game on Kelton Kingsley’s 3 with 3:33 left in regulation.
Mooreville takes the division lead with one game to play.
“We’ve been at Aberdeen the past past couple years,” Timms said. (Those two 3s) were big. He hit that one. It was real big for our confidence.”
Aberdeen (16-6, 3-1) led by as many as 15 in the third on Ken McCoy’s 3-pointer to open the second half.
Aberdeen missed two 3-pointers that would have tied the game and Mooreville’s Devon Bartlett hit a pair of free throws to seal it.
Brandon Moore scored 14 points for the Troopers. Timms had 13, Kelsey Scott 12 and Kingsley 11.
Aberdeen got 12 from McCoy and 11 from Marcus Carrouthers.
“They took it to us. We squandered our chances, but taking nothing away from them, they did what they had to do,” said Hazzle.
McCoy’s putback to start the forth gave the Bulldogs a seven-point lead. After Mooreville took the lead on Kingsley’s 3, Carrouthers’ tying dunk attempt rolled off the rim but McCoy got to the rim to tie it at 51. Moore’s floater gave the Troopers a 53-51 lead with 13.9 left. McMillian tied it on a putback and Mooreville failed to get a shot off from the corner as time expired.

(G) Mooreville 63, Aberdeen 37
Aberdeen kept it close in the first quarter but Mooreville pulled away in the second. Tiana Allen had eight of her 15 points in the quarter. Mooreville also got a game-high 18 from Megan Edmonds and 12 from Savannah Webb. Alexus Walker and JaKayla Dancy scored 10 each for Aberdeen.