The Hawks scored only one basket in the fourth quarter of their game against Marshall Academy, but it would prove to be the biggest. Heriah Dodson’s last second layup helped give Myrtle the 86-84 win over the Patriots Monday night.
Down 68-62 after the third quarter, Marshall Academy battled to tie the game on free throws at 84 with 5.3 seconds remaining. Until Dodson’s layup, the Hawks scored all of their fourth quarter points on the charity stripe, going 15-for-22 in the frame.
Myrtle went ahead 26-16 after the first quarter led by Russ Yates with seven points off the bench. Cruz Weatherall and Robert Montgomery led the Hawks to a 45-30 lead at the half, as the duo scored 13 of Myrtle's 19 second quarter points.
Bennett's three pointer made it a six point game, and the Patriots would continue to work their way back into the game, coming within one point before tying the contest in the final seconds.
Dodson finished with seven points, and the Hawks (4-4) were led by Robert Montgomery with 27 points, Cruz Weatherall with 18, Russ Yates with 14 and Steven Taylor with 10 points.
The Lady Hawks also defeated Marshall Academy in a tight game, led by 25 points from Aspriona Gilbert.
The Lady Patriots used a 14-0 run in the second to take the lead before the half, 30-27, but Kianna Judon helped bring Myrtle back, regaining the Lady Hawks’ lead with her three-pointer in the third quarter.
Marshall Academy would come within one point after a three-pointer by Kelsey Shaw made it a 40-39 game, but the Lady Hawks would close the game out on the free throw line. Shaw finished with 22 points, while Emma Elgin added 13 for the Lady Patriots.
Halle Knowles finished with 13 points for the Lady Hawks, who are now 7-2 after winning on the road at Desoto Central, 51-36, Tuesday night.
Myrtle will travel to Blue Mountain and host Ingomar and Hickory Flat next week.