Tigers fall 79-69 in overtime to Muscle Shoals

The Tigers fell to 3-3 in area play following their 79-69 overtime loss to visiting Muscle Shoals Friday.  

The Trojans opened the game with a layup to lead 2-0 before Luke Ward hit a three-pointer to give Hartselle a 3-2 lead. Muscle Shoals responded with a 4-0 run.  

The Tigers responded with a 5-0 run to take an 8-6 lead. The teams traded baskets to close out the first quarter, with Dominic Simmons hitting a layup before the end of the first quarter, giving Hartselle a 10-8 lead. 

Simmons opened the second quarter with another layup to push the Tigers’ lead to 12-8. The Trojans answered with a 5-0 run to take a 13-12 lead.  

Hartselle responded with a 6-2 run to grab an 18-15 lead, but Muscle Shoals hit a three-pointer to tie the game at 18-18.  

The Tigers then went on a 10-2 run that included baskets from Ward, Simmons, Ryan Dunn, and Kiah Key to take a 28-20 lead.  

The Trojans closed the first half with a 9-1 run to tie the game at 29-29 heading into halftime. 

Key opened the third quarter with a layup, but the Trojans answered with four straight to take a 33-31 lead.  

The Tigers put together a 10-3 run with five points from Kohl Key, three from Kiah Key, and two from Smothers to take a 41-36 lead. The Trojans, however, outscored Hartselle 11-5 to close the third quarter and take a 47-46 lead into the fourth. 

Dunn opened the fourth quarter with a layup to give the Tigers a 48-47 lead. Muscle Shoals then reeled off four straight, including two technical free throws, to grab the lead again, 51-48.  

Kiah Key hit three straight free throws to tie the game at 51-51.  

After a Trojan basket, Kiah Key hit a three-pointer, and Kohl Key hit a layup, to give Hartselle a 56-53 lead.  

A Muscle Shoals free throw and three-pointer gave the Trojans a 57-56 lead with less than a minute to go, but Hartselle tied the game back up at 57-57 with a Simmons free throw.  

The Trojans’ Noah Williams hit two free throws after missing three in a row to give Muscle Shoals a 59-57 lead with less than 10 seconds to go in the game.  

Following a Trojan timeout, Dunn took the inbounds pass, dribbled the length of the floor, and hit a layup to tie the game at 59-59. Muscle Shoals failed to get a shot off in the closing seconds to send the game to overtime. 

The Tigers used a 5-3 run to start overtime and take a 64-62 lead. The Trojans, however, responded with an 11-0 run to take control of overtime with a 73-64 lead.  

After Hartselle went on a 5-2 run to make the score 75-69, the Trojans scored the final four points to make the final score 79-69. 

Kiah Key set a new career-high of 23 points to lead Hartselle (16-12). He also had six rebounds, four steals, and two assists.  

Dunn added a double-double with 14 points and 11 assists. Simmons had 12 points and five rebounds, while Kohl Key scored 10. 

Luke Mosely led Muscle Shoals with a career-high 28 points. Mitchell Chaffee added 17 points and nine rebounds, while Willams scored 14.