SMITHLAND — Late-game heroics Monday night by junior Garrett Hayden in the last seconds of the fourth quarter gave the Carlisle Comets the 62-59 comeback victory over the Livingston Central Cardinals.
Hayden had a career night with 37 points but none bigger than his two free throws with 24 seconds left in the game that gave Carlisle the 60-59 lead.
The Comets were missing one of their key players in senior Blake Elder who suffered an injury in the Caldwell game last week and had to sit out.
Carlisle County head coach Brian O’Neil said Livingston County was riding momentum coming into this game, and with Elder out, someone had to step up.
“The story is Hayden tonight,” O’Neill said. “Then our defense in the second half. My media guy who was on the radio tonight said that we finished on a 16-3 run that was fueled by our defense.”