Inola 57, Hilldale 53, OT
It was a situation that Hunter Harrison hadn’t been through before.
With Harrison and the Hilldale Hornets trailing 55-53 with eight seconds left in overtime, he was asked to miss a free throw on purpose after missing his first attempt.
The Hilldale senior, though, crossed the free-throw line too early – a violation – and the Hornets lost in overtime to the Inola Longhorns in Class 4A districts at the Inola Indoor Sports Arena on Saturday night.
The plan, Hilldale coach Jeremy Rogers said, was for Harrison to miss, the Hornets get the rebound and put a shot back up in the attempt to tie the game. It didn’t work out.
“I let my team down,” Harrison said.
The Hornets fell to 5-18 for the season and play Wagoner (9-15) at 3 p.m. Thursday at Wagoner in regional action.
Rogers was proud of how his team had a chance to pull this game out.
“We were the big underdogs,” he said. “We played hard when nobody gave us a chance to win this game. We played them to the end.”
Harrison finished with 13 points and was one of three Hornets in double figures.
Bill Muse, Jr. led the way 17 points, sinking five 3-pointers. Brad Campbell added 10.
Campbell, a 6-foot-1 junior, sank two free throws with 11.2 seconds left in regulation, tying the game at 51-51.
Travis Hall of Inola then tried a jumper with 3.3 seconds left in the game that fell short and the game went into overtime.
Taylor Mootry provided the difference in the game as he sank two free throws with 6.4 seconds left in the game.
Casey Gill, a 6-5 junior, led the Longhorns (16-8) with 15 points. Brett Shaw and Aaron Davis had 11 each. Inola plays Muldrow at 8 p.m. in Wagoner on Thursday.
The Hornets fell behind 44-39 in the fourth quarter, but they climbed back into it as Harrison scored five points and Campbell made a couple of free throws to cut the Inola lead to 48-47 with 3:20 left.
Dylan Rowan’s basket for the Hornets with 58.3 seconds left tied the game at 49-49.
Inola’s Gill put his team ahead 51-49 with 42.0 seconds left in regulation and then Campell sank the free throws and the game went into overtime.