Sherman High’s Chris Abbott nets one of five 3-point shots he made in a win over South Harrison.

LOST CREEK — Sherman nearly let a late fourth-quarter surge and a series of turnovers spoil a quality defensive showing, but held on for a 44-38 win over South Harrison last week in a meeting of Class A boys basketball teams.

The game was a defensive struggle, without many shots taken by either squad. Sherman led the entire game but almost gave it away in the last 45 seconds.

“We definitely have moments that get us excited and it feels as if we are turning the corner, but then we have a lazy closeout or don’t sprint back on defense,” said Sherman Coach Aaron Pauley. “We keep saying we can deal with missed shots, but we have to fix effort and hopefully we can figure it out before sectional play.”

Chris Abbott led Sherman in scoring, making five 3-point buckets in the game — three of those in the final, decisive quarter — helping to seal the win for the Tide.

Austin Hunt led the Hawks (6-9) with 11 points. Coming into the game, South Harrison had lost five of its last seven games. Sherman (7-8) has won six of its last nine contests.

Sherman plays at cross-county rival Van on Feb. 14.

SHERMAN — 8 8 10 18 — 44

HARRISON — 7 5 13 13 — 38

SHERMAN SCORING — Abbott 23, Kirk 8, D Rollo 6, Kincaid 5, Busby 2

SOUTH HARRISON SCORING — Ross 11, Bunch 8, Burnside 6, Langford 5, Hunt 4, Elliot 2, Lipps 2

Reporter Phil Perry can be reached at pperry@hdmediallc.com or at 304-307-2401.