MARIETTA — This season when the Healdton Bulldogs play in a tournament, excitement is bound to be at an all-time high.
MARIETTA — This season when the Healdton Bulldogs play in a tournament, excitement is bound to be at an all-time high. Thursday morning was no exception in the opening round of the Ronnie Moore Invitational. Healdton managed to earn a place in the semifinals after surviving a thrilling contest against the Dickson Comets, as the Bulldogs won 57-54 at Marietta High School. The first quarter was all about the Bulldogs as they raced out to an 11-0 lead before Dickson got its first points of the game at the 1:36 mark of the quarter. Healdton managed to take a 13-5 lead into the second quarter. Offense picked up though before halftime for both teams as they combined for 34 points. But it was the Bulldogs who took a 31-21 advantage into the break. However, cold shooting managed to catch up with Healdton in the third as the Comets caught fire from the field. Dickson got to within one point at 37-36 with two minutes left in the third, before taking the lead at the buzzer going to the fourth at 41-40. Both teams traded the lead throughout the last eight minutes, with the Comets biggest lead coming at three points. But with 28 seconds left in regulation, the Bulldogs managed to grab a 56-54 lead and sank one free throw down the stretch to seal the game. Jessei Pittman led the Bulldogs with 13 points followed by Isaac Love with 12 points. Ryan Moody and Cayden Perkins each had 11 points apiece. Charvis Wright and Johnny Smith each had 22 points apiece to lead Dickson, while Josh Palesano added six points for the Comets.