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Tarter, Lady 'Toppers beat Crockett for 44th straight league win

Trey Williams • Jan 8, 2014 at 2:28 AM

Senior point guard Tianna Tarter scored 21 of her 25 points in the first half and Science Hill rolled to a 66-13 victory against David Crockett on Tuesday at Science Hill.

It was the 44th consecutive regular-season Big Seven Conference win for the top-ranked Lady Hilltoppers (5-0, 20-0).

Tarter scored on put-backs, step-back jumpers and made one layup after a backdoor cut for a bounce pass from senior post Gabby Lyon.

Tarter made three 3-pointers. She also had seven assists, including a crowd-pleasing backward no-look to Lyon in transition, and probably that many steals.

Junior combo guard Keisha Gregory made all four of her 3-pointers in the third quarter for the Lady ‘Toppers. Her final one, via a skip pass from Tarter, made the score 54-6 with 4:16 left in the period.

Science Hill coach Keith Turner was pleased with his team’s intensity in the third quarter.

“It’s easy to go out there and just sort of coast, but we were very, very sharp to start the third quarter,” Turner said. “Keisha hit three or four threes, just boom, boom, boom. … Keisha’s got to be a scoring threat, so it was nice to see her do that. Early in the year she was doing that and she’s been in a little bit of a slump. Keisha always has the toughest defensive assignment no matter who we play. So that’s asking a lot of somebody to do that and to knock those buckets down.

“Of course, Tianna was just all over the place. She just always knows where to be.”

The 6-foot Lyon led one fast break where she found Tarter, whose ensuing touch pass got Gregory a layup. Lyon had three assists and probably double-digit rebounds.

One of her put-backs in the first quarter was a fifth opportunity on the possession for Science Hill, which outrebounded the Pioneers 34-10 in the first half.

“The good thing was we were going to the boards,” Turner said. “The bad thing was we were missing them. We looked like Moses Malone out there throwing it up and going after it. But I’m proud of them for their effort.”

Kaley Persinger had four points to lead Crockett (1-5, 3-15).

Science Hill visits Volunteer on Friday. The teams switched home dates from the original schedule.

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