By Kris Freeman, Sports Information Director, White House High School
PORTLAND – Jared Ward hit a three-point at the end of regulation to send the Panthers and Blue Devils to overtime on the road Tuesday night, and White House closed out the thrilling victory with a 76-73 win at previous unbeaten Portland.
Ward, the junior guard who is the leading scorer for the Blue Devils and ranking among the Midstate’s top shooters in the early part of the season, dropped in a game-high 33.
Junior Kyle Elliott scored 11 as the only other Blue Devils player in double figures. Kaleb France had six, Kevin James five, Jacob McDonald four, Durstin Adams four, Bryant Reynolds three, Evan Webster three, Logan Neufeld three, Cole Pond two and Andrew Nixon two.
Ward helped ice the game in overtime, making 5-of-7 free throws and one bucket. Webster hit a three, Elliott scored two and then France sealed the deal with two foul shots.
Austin Hicks had 13 for the Panthers, Bryce Keith 12 and Mitchell Eagle 10, while Grant Cook added nine and Darius Bell nine and Peyton Martin nine. Jakeb Hester had seven, Luke Jones two, and Dawson Simmons two.
White House (5-1) is currently 12th in the state in all classifications at 79 points per game. Portland fell to 4-1 with wins over Jo Byrns, Friendship Christian, East Robertson and Westmoreland.
PORTLAND GIRLS 51, WHITE HOUSE 27
The Lady Devils fell to 1-2 for the year with a 51-27 loss at Portland Tuesday.
Senior McKenzie Vaughn led the Devils with 13 points, while Baylee Miller had nine, Kelly Cain five and Sarah Cartwright two.
Portland led 26-21 at the half, but shut down White House in the second half and held them nearly scoreless in the third quarter except for a free throw by Miller and a three-pointer by Cain. White House was outscored 25-6 in the second half.
Rachel Jennings had 16 for the Lady Panthers and Demaira Bell added 11, Emily Brown eight, Mac Craddock eight and Sami Parker six.
Portland improved to 3-1 and hosts Gallatin Friday and plays at Station Camp Tuesday.
White House is off this weekend and plays at White House Heritage on Tuesday night at 6 p.m. in the first district contest.