The Huntland High School Hornets beat Forrest Rockets 57-55 at home on Saturday for their third win of the season.
The Hornets took the lead for most of the game and held off a late rally with Braylen Phillips taking two stoppage-time free throws to break the tie and give Huntland the lead for good.
The Hornets scored the first 12 points in the contest to take advantage of the early advantage.
They led 14-8 after one quarter.
The Rockets cut their lead to just two points a few times in the second quarter, but the Hornets have been able to get back ahead each time.
Huntland led 34-26 in the first half.
The Hornets pushed for a 15-point lead in the third quarter. However, the Rockets were able to cut the deficit back down to single digits before the end of the period.
Phillips scored nine of Huntland’s 13 points in the third quarter.
The Hornets led 48-39 into their final period.
The Rockets tied the score with 3:15 remaining and took the lead in their first game soon after to make it 55-53. Eli Wiggs leveled the score for the Hornets with 40 seconds remaining when he made a layup with an assist from Bryson Johnson.
After the Rockets failed to score on their next possession, Phillips was fouled and went to the line where he took both free throws to put the Hornets ahead by 8.4 seconds. The Rockets will not open fire until the last bell rings.
Phillips led the Hornets with 24 points for the game, followed by Johnson on 16 and Wiggs on seven. Phillips made five three-pointers in the contest.
Micah Millraney scored four points, Will Jolley scored three, Zeier Golden scored two and Trace Kilpatrick scored one.
With that victory, the Hornets increased to 3-7 this season.
They will next play Tuesday at home against Fayetteville City Middle School. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 pm