Just when Holly Pond seemed to be heading into the area tournament on a three-game losing skid, Daniel O’Brien and the Broncos overcame a 20-point deficit to ruin senior night for West Point.

Off an assist from a streaking Jordan King, O’Brien sank a six-foot fade away, as time expired to give Holly Pond an 84-83 victory over the Warriors.

Despite a lethargic offensive effort, the Lady Warriors downed the Lady Broncos 48-26 in the night’s first contest.

The West Point boys host Hayden at 7:30 on Friday night in the first round of the area tourney, while the Lady Warriors host Hayden on Friday at 6 p.m.

The Broncos travel to Brewer on Tuesday to face Catholic at 6 p.m., while the Holly Pond girls meet Columbia Monday at 6 p.m.

- Holly Pond 84, West Point 83 (boys): The Warriors scored the first 13 points of the game and led 41-21 midway through the second period, but a struggling Holly Pond bunch regained its form and forged an unbelievable comeback.

“I was upset about the way we played in the first quarter, because they dominated the tar out of us,” said an excited Holly Pond coach Mitch Morris. “I was scared it was going to be a blowout, but our guys competed and made it a ballgame. We didn’t play well in the second half against Cold Springs on Tuesday night, but tonight we answered West Point in the second half.”

West Point’s Nick Graham dropped in a lay-up and got fouled with 10-ticks on the clock to put the Warriors up 83-82. But Graham missed the charity attempt, which set up the winning basket from O’Brien.

“We wanted the ball in Jordan’s hands at the end to make the best decision to win the ballgame,” noted Morris about the final play. “Jordan is either going to get open and make a shot or find an open teammate. He found Daniel O’Brien and he made one heck of a shot.”

The Warriors came out of the gate sizzling with a pressure defense that forced Holly Pond into a handful of turnovers.

West Point’s Chase Mosley scored nine early points to give his team a 15-2 lead three minutes into the game and 28-12 after one quarter.

Mosley didn’t cool off in the second period with a pair of treys right out of the gate to build West Point a 20-point advantage.

After a time-out, the Broncos decided it was time to come out and play and closed the half on a 16-5 run and cut the deficit to 46-40. Big baskets came from Brent Deese, Bailey Easterwood and Patrick Kliegl.

“I was happy that we got the deficit to six points at intermission,” Morris said.

Holly Pond came out of intermission smoking with a 13-6 run and notched its first lead of the night at 53-52 on a Jeremy Silvey trey.

West Point’s Nick Graham hit a 3-pointer just before the third quarter horn, as Holly Pond led 64-63 entering the final stanza.

The Broncos seemed on the verge of pulling away in the fourth period, but West Point managed to fight back on every occasion with buckets from Blake Mechaw and Blake Gammon.

“We had some opportunities to extend the lead in the fourth quarter,” said Morris. “But West Point found a way to keep it close.”

O’Brien led a quartet of Broncos in double figures with 19 points and eight boards. Deese with 17, Kliegl with 16 and Bailey Easterwood with 13 rounded out the double-digit scorers.

Sophomore JV call-up Isaac Howard scored seven points with a pair of 3-pointers. Tyler Kelsoe scored four points and did a solid job of filling in for a foul-plagued King, who finished with five points. Silvey finished with three points.

“Our post guys, Daniel and Patrick were outstanding tonight,” added Morris. “Tyler keeps getting better and better. I definitely feel comfortable putting him in when Jordan goes out.”

Mosley finished with 23 points to lead the Warriors, while Gammon notched 22 on 10-of-12 shooting from the field. Mechaw with 11, Graham with 10, Justin Monk with seven, Aaron Quick with four, Stefan Hulsey with four and Blake Overton with two rounded out the West Point scoring.

- West Point 48, Holly Pond 26 (girls): Despite playing sloppy and missing many easy baskets, the Lady Warriors pulled out a 22-point victory over the Lady Broncos.

West Point only led 8-6 after one quarter and 22-14 at intermission, but turned up the defensive pressure and limited Holly Pond to two points in the third quarter for a 36-16 advantage entering the fourth stanza.

Lady Warrior standout Amanda Scott reached a career milestone at the 2:21 mark of the second quarter with 1,000th career rebound.

Scott and Nikki Cleghorn led West Point with 11-points each, while Sabrina Blackwood notched 10. Lindsey Kent added three, while Whitney Rose, Kristi Kimbrell and Rachel West each scored a deuce.

Holly Pond was led by Brittany Bagwell and Chassity Chambers with six points. April Holcombe and Cydney notched four-markers each, with Leah Camp, Jesica Basenburg and Jessica Laursen adding two.

The Lady Bronco starters combined to shoot 6-of-42 from the field.

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