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December 15, 2012

Hilldale wins a pair against Okmulgee

— A strong fourth-quarter surge lifted Hilldale to a 49-45 win over Okmulgee and a sweep for the Hornets on Friday.

In the girls game, Hilldale erupted over the middle two quarters, outscoring Okmulgee 38-14 in that span and went on to a 62-27 victory.

For the boys, who are now 3-4 on the year, Bill Muse Jr. had nine of his 19 points in the fourth, including one of his five 3-pointers. Hunter Harrison’s basket early in the fourth made it a 40-39 game after the Hornets had trailed 35-34 entering the fourth.

Hunter Harrison had 11 points and 11 rebounds. He, Muse and Dylan Rowan were all 2-for-2 as Hilldale was 6-for-7 in the fourth from the free-throw line.

“We played well in the second half and particularly in the fourth, even though it was in doubt,” Hilldale coach Jeremy Rogers said. “They were in a zone, we were patient and got them into the bonus which got us to the line and we also played good defense.”

Katie Kirkhart had 10 of her 13 points and Emily Dowdy nine of her 13 in that run. Kirkhart and Dowdy led all scorers and Casady Mills tossed in 10 points.

“It was a really good effort especially on defense,” HHS coach Scott Hensley said, his team moving to 4-3 and rebounding from a loss on Tuesday at Locust Grove. “They were flying around and diving on the floor after the ball. They were really fun to watch.”

The Hornets and Lady Hornets get Catoosa at Hilldale on Tuesday to close out the pre-holiday portion of their schedules.

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