Junior Warriors clip Tigers in overtime thriller

from staff reports

   BLOUNTVILLE -- One team had to win and one team has to lose, but Hunter and Happy Valley definitely earned their stripes Tuesday afternoon in the Tiger Invitational.
   With plenty of growl to their game, the Tigers and Junior Warriors played an overtime classic as Happy Valley squeaked out a 70-69 victory.
   This contest was nip and tuck all the way with Hunter holding a 12-8 lead at the end of the first quarter, then HV battling back to knot the score at halftime, 23-23.
   The third quarter offered plenty of offensive explosion as the Tigers and Junior Warriors tallied 23 points apiece.
   At the end of regulation, the scoreboard read 60-60.
   Ryan May and Todd Caldwell were the big guns for Happy Valley, pumping in 23 and 18 points, respectively, while Chris Bennett, 8 points; Ricky Morgan, 7, chipped in a combined 15 points.
   Tops for the Hunter outfit was Charles Peters with 29 points and 17 boards. Josh Lowe followed with a solid output of 13 points, Josh Church and Paul Waters each pitched in 10 points and Al Hartman added seven.