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South Charleston’s Wayne Harris (2) drives to the rim against Cabell Midland’s Tevin Taylor (21) Tuesday in Ona.

ONA — South Charleston raced to a big first-quarter lead but had to hold on for a 67-61 boys basketball win over Cabell Midland Tuesday night at The Castle.

Wayne Harris scored 30 points for the Black Eagles with 15 points in each half to help his team hold off a rally by the Knights.

South Charleston (4-2 overall, 2-1 Mountain State Athletic Conference) took an 8-2 lead early in the first quarter on two free throws by Harris and 3-pointers from Cayden Faucett and Christian Goebel.

Harris added a traditional 3-point play that gave SC a 23-11 lead after the first quarter.

The sophomore point guard spent the second quarter attacking Cabell Midland’s defense, drawing contact and earning trips to the free-throw line, where he was 3 for 3 in the quarter and finished the game 12 for 14.

Harris’ night also included swishing a half-court heave a second before the first-half buzzer sounded and gave South Charleston a 37-26 lead at halftime

“I just tried to let the game come to me,” Harris said. “Tonight was a good bounce-back for us.”

The Black Eagles had lost their two previous games, both at home, to Greenbrier East and George Washington. SC follows up the win by hosting Riverside on Thursday.

For Cabell Midland (4-4, 1-1), a faster start on offense and defense is needed for the Knights to get better going down the stretch, head coach J.J. Martin said.

“We just got to have better first quarters,” Martin said. “I thought we came out in the first and just jacked up a couple of shots and that didn’t help. If we’re not going to be able to stop people, which we’ve got to fix that also, but if we ran a little offense that would have slowed them down.”

Junior guard Dominic Schmidt led the Knights with 25 points, 15 of which came during the fourth quarter as he and brother Chandler Schmidt, who scored 21 points, got Cabell Midland within 62-57 with under one minute to play, but SC made just enough free throws in the final minute to hold on for the win.