Science Hill’s girls got two scares Saturday night against Knox Webb.
The biggest one was Tianna Tarter laying on the court with a knee injury in the fourth quarter. The other one was a mighty challenge from the Lady Spartans.
Both things worked out OK for the Lady Hilltoppers as they remained unbeaten with a 52-43 decision during the Roundball event at the new Science Hill gym on Saturday.
As for Tarter, Science Hill head coach Darrell Barnwell said he thought she would be OK.
“She twisted it a little bit and may have bruised it,” said Barnwell. “But I think she will be OK.”
Science Hill improved to 8-0 on the season. Webb fell to 5-3.
In the boys’ contest, Science Hill overcame a three-point halftime deficit and ran away from Knox Webb 61-48.
In the other boys’ game, Christian Academy of Knoxville defeated Cloudland 72-61. On the girls’ side, Tennessee High held off CAK, 48-44.
Science Hill trailed the Lady Spartans 37-33 in the third quarter, but a 12-0 run changed the direction of the game. The Lady Hilltoppers never let go of the momentum.
“I thought we played tremendous defense in the fourth quarter,” said Barnwell. “It was just a matter of our kids doing the things we needed to do.”
Shy Copney led a balanced Science Hill attack with 11 points. Keisha Gregory added 10 points while Gabby Lyon had eight.
Webb got a big-time performance from Katie Collier. She packed down a six-shooter of trey balls and finished with 20 points.
“She shot the lights out,” said Barnwell. “But that’s why we play games like this. It helps us get ready and get better. We need more of those games.”
Barnwell said he was pleased with the way his team closed the final few minutes after Tarter’s injury.
“That’s what we talked about, being in a situation and learning from it,” said Barnwell.
Science Hill (boys) 61
Knox Webb 48
The Hilltoppers opened the second half with a lock-down 14-0 run that lasted over six minutes.
“When you are playing a fundamental team like Knox Webb, you know they’re not going to beat themselves,” said Science Hill head coach Ken Cutlip, whose team improved to 13-1. “You have to take advantage of every opportunity you get. We got some stops on the defensive end, and our offense executed better.”
Webb’s Barton Sampson was giving the Hilltoppers a lot of problems in the first half, but Science Hill absolutely silenced the Spartans’ standout in the first 12 minutes of the second half.
“He was their biggest threat, and we tried to limit him getting to the basket,” said Cutlip. “I thought we did OK, but in the second half we made adjustments defensively to pick up the tempo.”
Webb was able to pull within five points at 41-36 with 6:30 left in the game. However, Will Adams scored on a drive and C.J. Good netted one from 3-point territory to make it a 10-point game and pretty much end the suspense.
Good led the Hilltoppers with 14 points.
Late arrival Reed Hayes, who played in an all-star football game in Cookeville earlier in the day, made it back for the fourth quarter. He made up for lost time with 13 points.
“He called and said, ‘Coach, I’m done and I’m on my way, is it OK?’ ” said Cutlip. “I’m just glad he’s healthy, and he made some contributions.”
Adams finished with 12 points for the Hilltoppers.
Webb (7-3) got 19 points from Sampson while Justin Jenkins added 18.
The Highlanders held a four-point lead early in the third quarter before the Warriors got hot from 3-point land.
A 15-0 run completely changed the game, and CAK never looked back.
Oteriah Lee led the Warriors (2-3) with 23 points while Brett Kendrick added 12 points and 12 rebounds. Dylan Keck chipped in with 16 points.
Cloudland (6-3) got a 24-point effort from Zac Potter. Taylor Whitehead had 10 points and 10 rebounds while Dylan McClellan added 10 points.
Tennessee High (girls) 48
Ashlee Mitchell racked up 24 points as the Lady Vikings outscored the Warriors 20-4 in the first quarter and held on for the win.
Chloe Neil added 11 points and four steals for Tennessee High. Ashley Byrd grabbed eight rebounds and Kelsey Stoops had four steals.
Kaycee Heitzmann led CAK with 22 points and Anna Hammaker chipped in 15.