Christian Academy of Knoxville looked tired in the fourth quarter at Science Hill on Friday. C.J. Good and his Hilltoppers teammates did not.
Good made 6 of 10 shots from 3-point range en route to a game-high 27 points and Science Hill outscored the Warriors 21-7 in the fourth period to pull away for a 78-51 victory on the opening day of the Doubletree Roundball Classic.
Ken Cutlip’s ‘Toppers appeared primed to run CAK out of the gym long before the fourth quarter. Good, a senior guard, made three treys and scored 11 points while Science Hill built a 27-12 lead through one quarter.
Good’s brother Patrick, a crowd-pleasing freshman point guard, helped stretch the lead to 33-12 when his diagonal lob from halfcourt found an elevated Calvin Songster for a lay-in.
But the Warriors battled back to 40-26 by halftime and were within 40-33 with 6 ½ minutes left in the third quarter before C.J. Good’s three-point play on a pass from Malik McGue.
“In that first quarter, I thought defensively and offensively, we played about as well as we could,” Cutlip said. “And then once CAK got settled down, they showed how solid a ballclub they are in the second and third quarters.”
CAK point guard Oteriah Lee scored seven of his 18 points in the third quarter, and his 8-foot pull-up jumper got the Warriors within 57-46 with 7:01 remaining. Most of his shots were difficult ones he created.
“He was probably the best point guard we’ve played so far,” C.J. Good said. “They relied on him a lot.”
But counterpart Adams, who played more off guard with Patrick Good playing a lot of point guard, scored 10 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter and Lee and the fatigued Warriors faded fast.
“I thought Will Adams did a great job,” Cutlip said. “We needed him to step up and score some points. Tonight he played more wing, and I thought he did a great job adjusting and being more of an offensive threat.”
Adams also had four steals. Patrick Good finished with nine assists.
“He does an outstanding job finding the open man,” Cutlip said. “He knows where the ball’s supposed to be.”
Songster had nine points and four assists. Freshman Ian Martin had eight points and three steals.
CAK’s two frontcourt hosses, Drew Holman and Brett Kendrick, posed problems for the smaller Hilltoppers, who were without frontcourt player Reed Hayes. He was practicing for today’s East-West All-Star football game at Tennessee Tech.
Kendrick, who has committed to play offensive line at Tennessee, and Holman scored eight points apiece, as did Nick Campbell.
Science Hill (12-1) plays Knox Webb tonight.
Science Hill (girls) 53, CAK 35
Junior point guard Tianna Tarter scored a game-high 16 points, including a step-back 3-pointer just ahead of the buzzer to give the Lady Hilltoppers a 26-18 halftime lead, and Science Hill pulled away against the taller, physical Lady Warriors.
CAK has 6-foot-6 Cheyenne Hooper and fellow sophomore Anna Hammaker, a hard-driving good-sized guard with a perimeter game. Hooper had seven blocked shots and altered 10-12 others.
Hammaker’s father Atlee played baseball for Charlie Lodes at ETSU and basketball for Sonny Smith, and pitched in the majors. She finished with 13 points, including a long 3-pointer from the left wing with seven seconds left in the third quarter that got CAK within 41-36 heading into the fourth period.
But Tarter opened the fourth with a 3-pointer on an assist from Enjelica Reid and followed with difficult high-arched shot over Hooper that barely moved the net, and Keisha Gregory’s trey – via a kickout from Gabby Lyon – gave Science Hill a 49-30 lead with 2:57 remaining.
“They’re a solid, physical team and they do a good job with the 2-3 zone,” said Science Hill coach Darrell Barnwell, whose Lady ‘Toppers (7-0) are ranked No. 3 nationally. “It opens up some alleys, but then you have to deal with 6-foot-5 Hooper and her long arms when you do attack. Overall, I thought we attacked pretty well. …
“That was a big basket (at the end of the half). It put us up eight. Tianna’s made a bunch of those at the end of quarters.”
Lyon finished with 10 points. Gregory forced two five-second closely guarded violations on Hammaker.
“Keisha’s become one of our best on-ball defenders,” Barnwell said.
Science Hill plays Knox Webb today.
CAK (4-1) was playing without Briana Bryant, who tore an ACL last weekend. The Lady Warriors got 13 points from Kaylee Heitzman. They play Tennessee High today.
Knox Webb 65, Cloudland 62
Devin Whitehead couldn’t connect on a 3-pointer at the buzzer for Brandon Carpenter’s determined Highlanders.
Smooth-shooting Webb forward Burton Sampson led all scorers with 23 points, including two free throws with 23 seconds left that gave Webb a 65-60 lead.
Cloudland senior guard Taylor Whitehead (18 points) made a short bank shot to get the Highlanders within a possession with nine seconds left.
Jeffrey Rhinehart and Dylan McClellan scored 10 points apiece for Cloudland (6-1).
Austin Cox scored 10 for Webb. Brandon Nabors and Trey Whiteside scored 10 apiece.