Science Hill bounces back in a big way
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Science Hill had a good response to Saturday’s upset loss at Greeneville and Reed Hayes’ absence.
Junior combo guard C.J. Good piled up 25 points, seven steals and five assists as the Hilltoppers remained unbeaten in the Big Eight Conference with an 86-54 victory against Sullivan Central on Tuesday at Science Hill.
The Hilltoppers (6-0, 18-2) got five points apiece from Good and Will Adams while opening the game on a 14-2, and the ensuing 261â„2 minutes seemed like a foregone conclusion.
Science Hill was balanced without junior forward Reed Hayes, who left Saturday’s game in the first quarter with an ankle injury and is questionable for Friday’s home game against David Crockett.
Good made six 3-pointers. Sophomore forward Tre’vonn Fields scored 19 points, including a 3-pointer and 6-of-7 free throw shooting.
“Tonight, C.J. and Tre’vonn put up big numbers,” Science Hill coach Ken Cutlip said. “Friday night it was Reed Hayes and Zach Howard. The thing that’s great about this team is that when one of these guys gets hot, the others find him. C.J. or Tre’vonn couldn’t have a big night … unless the rest of the team’s willing to find them.”
Adams, a junior point guard, had 13 points, seven assists and four steals.
“I thought this was one of the better games offensively from Will Adams,” Cutlip said. “I thought his management of the floor – his floor game on the offensive end – was outstanding. He was productive, shot it good and took the shots that he needs to be taking, and also led us with seven assists and only had two turnovers.”
Senior post Hunter LeVeau, in his sixth game back from a back injury, continues to make key contributions. The normally high-leaping LeVeau, still moving somewhat cautiously, had 12 points and 10 rebounds. Six of his rebounds were on the offensive glass.
“I don’t know if everybody noticed before because of his athleticism, but Hunter’s an extremely intelligent basketball player,” Cutlip said. “He knows how to get position and he’s got great hands.”
Zane Kilby got 12 of his 16 points from 3-point range to lead the Cougars (1-5, 5-15). Jacob Bridwell scored all nine of his points on 3-pointers.
Aside from anxious start that included 17 turnovers in the first half, Central coach Tony Vaughn was relatively pleased with Central’s performance for two-plus quarters.
“Several of our turnovers in the first half were unforced,” Vaughn said. “I thought we panicked early. Of course, Science Hill did a lot to take us out of our offense.
“Science Hill played excellent. But I thought we played pretty well in the second half.”
Vaughn wasn’t pleased with his team attempting eight free throws while Science Hill took 21.
“They’re playing baseline to baseline … and we play a lot of zone,” Vaughn said.
Central hosts Daniel Boone on Friday.
Science Hill (girls) 75
Sullivan Central 43
Science Hill was somewhat stymied much of the first half by a zone defense, but ultimately had little trouble solving Central to remain undefeated on the season.
Science Hill is now 6-0 in the Big Eight and 19-0 overall, and its state tournament semifinal loss last year is the only one since 2010.
The Lady Cougars got within 32-26 when Tiffany Norris assisted Brittany Hyder’s transition basket with 1:06 left in the first half, but Science Hill answered with a 19-0 run which junior guard sShy Copney capped for a 51-26 lead with 3:53 left in the third quarter.
Copney finished with 11 points, as did sophomore post Gabby Lyon.
Guards Tianna Tarter and Morgan Knack led Science Hill with 14 and 12 points, respectively. Knack made two of the Lady ’Toppers’ three 3-pointers.
Enjelica Reid and Emanda Reid scored nine and seven points, respectively.Ten Lady ’Toppers scored.
“I thought every player contributed offensively and defensively,” said Science Hill coach Darrell Barnwell. “In the second half I thought we guarded a lot better. … We’re getting there. We’ve just got to keep working on the little things.”
Sydney Norwood led Sullivan Central (1-5, 9-10) with 14 points.
Science Hill hosts Crockett on Friday while the Lady Cougars host Daniel Boone.