Basketball season in Sturgeon is over.
The season ended Friday night in Sturgeon, 57-56 at the hands of the Sturgeon’s historic competition, the Harrisburg Bulldogs.
Fighting back from a tough first four minutes, now 10-14 Harrisburg kept a lead over 19-7 Sturgeon to move on to the February 23, District 7 championship game.
By quarters the game went 17-15, 30-24, 41-31 all Harrisburg.
Harrisburg’s Jace Carr led Harrisburg and the game with 21 points.
Jacob Brooks and Jake Snider led Sturgeon with 16 each, backed up by Kenny Stone with 12.
“Just a little Harrisburg magic,” said Harrisburg Head Coach Kyle Fisher when asked who his underdog team beat the district’s number one seed. He said though Sturgeon was ahead both age- and experience-wise, “these boys are fighters and they didn’t have any quit in them tonight.”
Sturgeon Head Coach Michael Smith put it this way. “Tonight the Harrisburg team wanted it more than our boys did.”
Fisher said taking the early lead from Sturgeon was crucial. Still he said Sturgeon almost took the game back.
“They were too good a team to stay down,” Fisher said. “They almost took it back in the fourth quarter. We were hanging on for dear life.”
For more, see next week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard.