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Crab Orchard and Hardin County pick up opening round GEC wins

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HARRISBURG -- Crab Orchard and Hardin County both won their openers at the GEC Tournament and advanced to the semifinals, but both teams had to rally to do so.

The Trojans trailed Galatia by 16 in the first half.  They cut the deficit to nine by the break and just kept rolling in the second half, beating the Bearcats 69-63.

The Cougars trailed NCOE by seven in the first half and three at halftime before outscoring the Cardinals 16-7 in the third to take the lead on the way to a 58-47 win.

Crab Orchard will face Hardin County in the first championship semifinal Friday night at 7:00 with Gallatin County and Thompsonville to follow.

NCOE will face Galatia in the consolation semis Thursday at 6:30 with Carrier Mills and Pope County to follow.

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