In what turned out to be one of the best games covered by the Wood County Monitor this basketball season, the Hawkins Hawks came back from the dead to beat the Carlisle Indians 51-49 on Friday night in Hawkins.
The Hawks were down by as many as 18 points in the third quarter before storming back to win a much needed district victory.
The first quarter was a miserable one for Hawkins who managed to score just three points in the entire first period and found themselves down 12-3 heading in to the second quarter. Carlisle used a 2-3 zone most of the first half that completely bottled up Hawkins’ fast-paced offense as their defense never let the Hawks get out of first gear. On the other end Carlisle’s offense used a balanced attack as they hit two threes in the quarter and also scored on two offensive rebounds.
In the second quarter the Indians extended their lead after going on a 9-3 run to lead 21-6 midway through the frame.
Carlisle then went on an 8-2 run and led 31-8 with two minutes to go in the half. Hawkins continued to struggle to score against the zone and had numerous turnovers which led to easy scoring opportunities for the Indians.
From there Hawkins went on a 4-0 run to close the half as both teams went into the locker room with the score at 31-13.
In the third quarter the Hawks came out firing as they cut the Carlisle lead to 12 in the first four minutes of the third quarter forcing timeout by Carlisle. With the score at 40-28 Tristan Garrett scored and cut the lead to 40-30. Garrett played a fantastic third quarter as he scored or assisted on 14 points leading the Hawks back in to the game.
The fourth quarter proved to belong to both Hawkins’ Cameron Taylor and Garrett. But Carlisle struck first with a 4-0 run to lead 44-30 before the Hawks cut the lead back to single digits on Taylor’s two free-throws at 44-36. Taylor then scored 11 straight points for Hawkins as the 6’1 junior scored in a variety of ways, on layups, steals, put backs and free throws.
Garrett then scored on a layup plus the foul that gave Hawkins their first lead of the game at 50-49. With less than a minute to go in the game Akim Richmond hit a free throw to give the Hawks a 51-49 lead. Carlisle then missed a long jumpshot as time expired.
Taylor finished with a game-high 24 points as Garrett finished with 17 points.