It was a split decision in terms of junior varsity basketball action on Friday.

In junior varsity girls action, the McDowell Lady Titans survived the Hickory Lady Red Tornadoes 44-34.

Most of the game was played with a two-possession margin by either squad. Ahead by a 27-24 margin after three quarters, McDowell (8-2 overall, 3-2 Northwestern 3A/4A) finished the game with a 17-10 fourth-quarter advantage.

Payton Koone scored 17 points and had three rebounds. Madi Smith (5 rebounds) added nine points. Katie Baker scored six points.

Clementine Miller (5 points), Sydney Strode (4 points) and Makiya Burgess (3 points) also scored in the game.

Hickory 53, McDowell 43 (jayvee boys)

In the junior varsity boys game, the Hickory Red Tornadoes returned the favor from earlier in the season, beating McDowell Titans by a 53-43 margin.

The Titans held slim margins after each of the first three quarters, however Hickory broke through in the fourth, outscoring McDowell (13-2, 6-2) 20-9 down the stretch.

Gavin Davis finished with 10 points as he was one of nine different Titans to score. Michael Queen, Mason McPeters, Peyton Rose and Mason Lamb had six points apiece. Queen two made free throws with 2:21 left in the game, keeping McDowell within a four-point deficit.

Riley Moore had four points. Zavion Bianchini and Kamden Silver scored two points each and Eli Crawley made one free throw in the game.

McDowell will be on the road Tuesday at St Stephens (4:30 jayvee boys start).

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