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Hardin-Central withstood a fourth-quarter rally by La Monte Saturday to pick up its fourth victory of the season, and advance to the semifinals of the Class 1, District 9 tournament at Norborne.
Both offenses found their stride in the final 8 minutes, but Hardin-Central had just enough to hold off the Vikings for a 79-64 victory.
The Bulldogs, now 4-19, also had their best offensive production of the game in the fourth period as they outscored winless La Monte 28-27.
Hardin-Central took advantage of its free throw opportunities. The Dawgs visited the stripe 37 times, and converted 26 of them. Hardin-Central hit 14 of 19 attempts in the fourth quarter alone, with Jake Harris making 11 of his 14 free throws in the last 8 minutes. Harris ended the night with a team-high 23 points with a pair of assists and 2 steals.
Full story is in the Monday, March 1, 2010 edition of The Daily News.