Emerald's Rhondi Hackett rises up for a jumper in the first quarter Thursday against Southside.
(Andrew Macke | Index-Journal)
With a little more than six minutes remaining in the game, the Emerald High School boys basketball team was staring a first-round upset loss in the face on their home floor. Fourth-seed Southside had the Region 1-AAA champions down 53-39 early in the fourth quarter and seemed poised to bounce the Vikings from the playoffs much earlier than anticipated.
The Vikings, though, refused to be knocked out.
Led by Mil Hackett's triple-double, Emerald closed the fourth quarter on an 18-4 run to force overtime before outscoring Southside 10-3 in overtime to escape with a 67-60 victory.
Hackett finished the game with 19 points, 14 rebounds, 10 assists and six steals in leading the comeback.
"We just told each other to pick up on the defense because our defense is a big key for our offense," the senior Hackett said. "We just played harder on defense, took it to the hole and made layups."
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