Harper fighting for playoff life


Harper varsity boys’ basketball can keep their playoff hopes alive in a big game Friday.

The Longhorns face the Center Point Pirates in a door-die game starting at 6:30 p.m. Friday in Center Point. The ’Horns, who previously lost to Center Point by a score of 40-36 in the two teams’ prior District 27-2A matchup on Jan. 22, will have to win Friday’s game to force a tiebreaker should they not win Tuesday night’s game against the Junction Eagles. “We are out of the playoffs at the moment,” coach Kade Eckert said. “Big game at Center Point Friday to keep hopes alive.” Harper lost a prior game to Mason, 70-42, in Harper on Tuesday, Jan. 29. Results were not available as of press time. Harper (6-20, 0-5) ends its season with a home game against San Saba, starting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12.

Mason 70, Harper 42 Jan. 29

A 29-7 run by the Mason Punchers erased Harper’s strong start to the District 27-2A contest. Both teams were tied at 15 after the first quarter, but Mason got fire and went on a hot scoring streak. “Played a good first quarter,” Eckert said. “Mason went on three runs for a total of eight minutes and outscored us, 36-0. Take those away and we were competitive.” Hunter Haynes led the Harper Longhorns with 10 points.

Mason 70 — Harper 42 Jan. 29

Mason 15 29 10 16 – 70

Harper 15 7 15 5 – 42