Good gosh, Science Hill is deep and athletic.
On a night when senior point guard Will Adams was recognized for scoring his 1,000th career point last week in the Bahamas prior to the game, the Hilltoppers piled up 49 points before Adams scratched the scoring column in a 90-33 win against Volunteer on Tuesday at Science Hill in the a Big Eight Conference opener.
Fellow 1,000-point scorer C.J. Good opened the game with a personal 8-0 run en route to a game-high 21 points and Good’s brother Patrick, a freshman, pushed the lead to 25-1 by concluding the first-quarter scoring with a 3-pointer.
C.J. stretched the advantage to 28-1 with a trey early in the second quarter and the lead was 49-11 by the time Adams got in on the act with a crowd-pleasing three-point play with 66 seconds left in the first half.
“I thought we played as good as we can play,” said Hilltoppers coach Ken Cutlip, who improved to 9-1 after coming off a runner-up finish in the Bahamas on Saturday. “We were tested in the Bahamas. I thought Will Adams played great. He really got us out on the break and found the open guy.”
Adams finished with 12 points, four rebounds and three assists. C.J. Good had four assists and three steals, and he made five 3-pointers.
Sophomore guard Malik McGue made three 3-pointers and finished with 15 points and five rebounds, four of which came on offense. Patrick Good had 12 points and three assists. Senior Reed Hayes had eight points, six rebounds and three assists, and 6-foot-4 sophomore post Kaden Wampler had eight points and three steals.
“We’ve got a lot (of weapons),” Adams said. “One of our disadvantages is teams are taller than us, but one our weapons is speed. … Teams that are bigger than us, we’re just gonna try to run them.”
Marquise Williams led the Falcons with 11 points. Nine of those came on 3-pointers after Science Hill had built a 77-18 lead.
Eleven ‘Toppers scored.
“Tonight was just a total team effort,” Cutlip said. “We got better in the Bahamas … and I think it got us playing in a rhythm closer to how we were playing last season.”
Science Hill visits Sullivan South on Friday.
Science Hill (girls) 63
Playing without starters Shy Copney (knee) and Enjelica Reid (ankle), the Lady Hilltoppers got productive performances from fellow seniors Shae Smith and Morgan Knack.
Knack made three of Science Hill’s six 3-pointers en route to 15 points and Smith had 13 points and three blocked shots. Junior post Gabby Lyon scored 12 points and made all six of her free throw attempts.
The Lady Falcons hung around 2 ½ quarters. Junior guard Lindsey Overbey (14 points) made two free throws cut Science Hill’s lead to 36-26 with 4:56 left in the third quarter.
But Tianna Tarter responded with one of her six assists, finding Knack on the left wing for a 3-pointer that started 13-4 run.
Keisha Gregory capped the spurt with a trey that made the score 49-30 with 7:12 remaining.
“We’re still at a point now where we’re relying on some younger kids that don’t have a lot of experience,” Science Hill coach Darrell Barnwell said. “We’re just trying to work through it right now, see who can help us at different positions and hopefully get Shy and Enjelica back as early as next week. Shy possibly could play Friday. She’s got a doctor’s visit tomorrow (Wednesday). We’ll see.”
Science Hill (4-0) visits Sullivan South on Friday.