The Stephens County Indian boys come from behind to defeat the Habersham Central Raiders in non-region basketball play.
Trailing by ten at the half, the Indians fought back and took the lead late on their way to a 54-50 win. Habersham Central used a 16-3 run to build a 31-21 halftime lead. However, Stephens County outscored the Raiders 33-19 in the second half to pick up the victory. Seven fourth-quarter points from Fred Smith helped spark the late comeback.
Josh Slate had 14 points to lead the Indians, while Smith had 12 points and Cody Helgeland added 11 points.
In the girls’ game, a big third quarter from Haley Gerrin led the Lady Raiders to a 51-33 win over the Lady Indians.
Stephens County trailed by just one at the half, 18-17. However, Gerrin scored 17 of her game-high 25 points in the third quarter to give Habersham a 14-point lead after three quarters and propel them to the win. Charity Major had 12 points to the lead the Lady Indians.
Meanwhile on Friday night, Stephens County lost two varsity games to Hart County.
In the girls’ game, Hart County won in overtime 59-56. Mya Cleveland and Charity Major each had 16 points in the loss. The game was tied at 52 after regulation, but Hart County outscored Stephens County 7-4 in overtime.
In the boys’ game Friday, the Indians led by five heading to the fourth quarter, 43-38, but Hart County outscored Stephens County 24-12 in the final eight minutes to send the Indians to defeat, 62-55. Kamichi Fleming had 16 points, while Tomas Colbert had 15 points for Stephens County.
The Lady Indians are now 1-6 on the year, while the Indian boys are 5-2.
Stephens County is back on the road Tuesday at Rabun County. Air time on AM 630 WNEG and wnegradio.com is 5:45 p.m.