Boone wins Alpha Classic
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WISE, Va. — Daniel Boone blazed its way to the Alpha Classic crown on Saturday night with a 61-40 win over Estill County, Ky., on the UVa.-Wise campus.
The Trailblazers shut down the Engineers in the first half, jumping out to a 19-7 lead in the first quarter and taking a 30-14 lead into the break. Boone limited Estill to 25 percent shooting from the field.
Ryan Gaitor was named the tournament’s MVP after netting his tournament-best 19 points. He had 15 in in Thursday’s opening round against Somerset and 13 on Friday against Letcher County.
Jacob Littleton, who had a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds against Estill, and Dillion Reppart were also named to the all-tournament team.
Michael Bishop led Estill County with nine points and nine rebounds.
Science Hill (girls) 60
Whitney Young 57
NAPLES, Fla. — After getting upset in the semifinals, the Lady Hilltoppers answered with an upset of their own in the Naples Holiday Shootout.
Science Hill stirred up the national high school rankings, knocking off the second-ranked Dolphins in the consolation game. The Lady Hilltoppers were ranked third.
Gabby Lyon led Science Hill with 13 points and Tianna Tarted added 12. The ’Toppers led by 10 at halftime and fended off the Dolphins in the second half. Science Hill prevented Whitney Young from making a single 3-point goal.
Whitney Young, the tournament’s defending champion, completed a perfect season last year and had won 45 consecutive games before getting sent to the loser’s bracket on Friday by Hathaway Brown.
Sydney Snower had 35 points for Whitney Young.
HARRIMAN — Stanley Valentine had a double-double and the Bulldogs overcame a scoreless second quarter to beat the Indians in the Harriman Christmas Classic.
Valentine scored a game-high 18 points and hauled in 11 rebounds for Hampton, which trailed 25-16 at the break, but used a 24-13 third quarter to pull away.
Cody McClain had 12 points and five assists. Cheyenne Camillo added nine points and Wesley Murray grabbed eight boards.
Noah Duncan led Oneida with 16 points. Cole West had 12.
Tennessee High (girls) 55
FULTON — Kelsey Stoops and Ashlee Mitchell scored 21 points apiece as the Lady Vikings edge the host-school Falcons in the championship game of the Fulton Christmas Classic.
Stoops made seven 3-pointers and Ashley Byrd added 11 points for Tennessee High, which led by 10 at the half and held on for the win.
Stone Memorial (girls) 68
Happy Valley 66
KINGSTON — The Lady Warriors couldn’t withstand a late surge by the Panthers in the championship game of the Jon Loden Holiday Classic at Midway High School.
Happy Valley led by 10 after three quarters and by as much as 18 points in the final frame, before Stone Memorial used a 30-10 to close out the game and seal the win.
Shalee Perry scored 20 points and Kalee Johnson had a double-double to lead Happy Valley. Johnson finished with 11 points, 11 rebounds and three steals, Mackenzie Blankenship added 18 points and Jenna Eaton had three steals and three assists. Perry also had eight boards.
Elizabethton (girls) 55
SPARTABURG, S.C. — The Lady Cyclones concluded play in the Upward Classic with a win over host school Spartanburg in the seventh-place game.
New People’s Bank Classic
Sullivan South 73
Sullivan North 62
KINGSPORT — Ryan Headrick scored 21 points and the Rebels pulled away late to win the championship game.
Sullivan Central 56
KINGSPORT — Corey Swinney had 18 points and the Black Knights used a 23-7 third quarter to win the third-place game.
David Crockett 45
KINGSPORT — Zach Norwood led four players in double-digit scoring as the Cyclones beat the Pioneers in the tournament’s fifth-place game.
Norwood netted 15 points, followed by Michael Wagner with 14, Aaron Miller with 13 and Hunter Combs with 10. The Cyclones led 22-10 after the first quarter and 42-21 at halftime.
Josh Saults and Isaac Barkley each scored 10 points to lead Crockett.
Unicoi County 79
South Greene 57
KINGSPORT — Connor Simpson led five players in double digits and the Blue Devils took an early lead for the win the seventh-place game.
Simpson finished with 16 points, followed by Ethan Rice with 15 and Taylor LaFever with 14. Lucas Hensley chipped 11 and Nic Chambers added 10.
Unicoi led 20-6 after the first quarter and maintained its lead the rest of the way.
LandAir Ladies Classic
Morristown West 34
GREENEVILLE — Emily Eubank scored 11 of Oakland’s first 15 points and the Lady Patriots used a 9-2 run in the first quarter to pull away from the Lady Trojans in the championship game.
GREENEVILLE — Michaela Hunter was one assist shy of the tournament’s first triple-double, leading the Lady Rockets to the win in the third-place game.
South Greene 70
GREENEVILLE — Cheyenne Upton went 9-for-9 from the field, pouring in 24 points as the Lady Rebels beat the Knights in the fifth-place game.
South Greene led 21-6 after the first quarter and 41-16 at the break. Chuckey-Doak cut into the lead in the third, but couldn’t catch up. Maelyn Chutshaw scored 22 points for the Rebels, while Alora Ricker added 10.
Chuckey-Doak got a double-double from Hannah Riddle with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Andi Lamb chipped in 10.
Holy Name 54
Cocke County 48
GREENEVILLE — Kim Cook totaled 21 points and 10 rebounds and the Green Wave used a 14-5 third quarter to pull away in the consolation game. Erica Davis chipped in 10 points for Holy Name.
Mika Wester led Cocke County with 19 points. Kaitlyn Martin added eight points and 10 boards.
Mount Juliet 43
GREENEVILLE — Last year’s tournament runner-up Mount Juliet fended off a late rally to win the seventh place game.
The Bears led 26-17 at halftime and went up by 14 with 2:30 left in the third. Shelbyville got within four points with 1:30 left in the game, but could get no closer in the final minute.
Sally McCabe scored 16 points and grabbed eight rebounds for the Bears. Ronjanae DeGray had 12. Shelbyville got 12 points from Jameka Bradon and 10 from Bree Horner.