CALUMET TWP. | Anthony Harris has been coming on of late. The Calumet junior has seemed to find his rhythm as the season turns the corner toward March.
In Tuesday night's home game against Hammond, Harris showed his stock early. He scored 11 first-quarter points and chipped in five more in the second quarter.
After Hammond went on a 13-0 run to end the second quarter and take a 38-35 lead, Harris stole a pass in the final second and threw a perfect feed to Javonta Whitehead for a slam dunk to get within 38-37.
Whitehead missed the free throw, his fifth of the first half, that would've tied it.
The Wildcats have won six straight against the Warriors with most of the scores by big numbers.
By the second half, Hammond coach Larry Moore Jr. was running players in like a hockey coach after 12 cups of coffee. The break-neck pace forced Calumet to continuously turn the ball over.
The Wildcats' guards dominated the game. Antonio Poole had 10 points after three quarters. Aaron Haggard had 12. And Kortrell Caston nailed two 3-pointers in the first 24 minutes.
Hammond played 13 players through the first three quarters, and on almost every stop of action Moore was changing the five on the floor. The Warriors seemed to become fatigued against the high-end defensive pressure.
While Harris' game continues to rise, it was the known quantity of Poole that was the biggest difference. The Warriors could not handle his speed.
Harris finished the game with 20 before fouling out.