Harper girls best Blanco in overtime

By Danny Hirt

After battling for a fourth-place finish in a basketball tournament at Sonora High School Thursday through Saturday, the Harper High School girls’ varsity team picked up a hard-fought 67-65 victory at Blanco last night in overtime.

The Ladyhorns continue their schedule Saturday when they play Sonora in San Antonio’s AT&T Center at 12:30 p.m. The contest is a preliminary event to the Spurs’ game against the Oklahoma City Thunder at 7:30 p.m.

From there, Harper closes out the 2013 portion of its schedule when it hosts Bandera on Saturday, Dec. 28, at 2:15 p.m. (junior varsity game at 1 p.m.), followed by a New Year’s Eve encounter at Comfort. Times for Dec. 31 have not been hammered out as of this week’s deadline.

The Ladyhorns are ranked the 12th best team among the state’s 1A Division I schools by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches.

Harper 67, Blanco 65 (OT)

Trailing 35-26 at halftime, the Ladyhorns battled back with 20 points of their own in the third period while holding host Blanco to only 10 during the same time span to regain the momentum and take a dramatic 67-65 overtime decision.

Harper held a thin 46-45 advantage going into the fourth quarter only to see Blanco tie the game at 61-all at the end of regulation play.

But the Ladyhorns took care of business in the extended period, outscoring their opponent 6-4 to take the win.

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