WISE, Va. — Daniel Boone overcame a 20-point deficit midway through the third quarter to defeat Somerset (Pa.) 70-67 in the first round of the Alpha Classic at UVa-Wise on Thursday.
The Trailblazers (9-5) got 21 points and 12 rebounds from Jacob Littleton and 15 points and nine rebounds from Ryan Gaitor. Boone coach Ryan Arnold was also pleased with the performances of freshman Ryan Keever and sophomore Jacob Keefauver in helping dig out of a 55-35 hole.
Keever had a steal and lay-up during a 3-4-minute stretch of effective defense and Keefauver had a transition basket late in the third quarter and a 3-pointer in the fourth. Conditioning and depth appeared to favor Boone down the stretch.
“I thought it was a good win for us,” Boone coach Ryan Arnold said. “The were kids persistent ... and kept pressing. They played through bad times. I think it’s a good sign of us growing up.”
Dillon Reppart scored 12 points and made two of the Blazers’ six treys. Boone plays tonight at 6 against Letcher Central (Ky.).
Somerset (6-2) made 11 of 33 shots from 3-point range. Jake Close made six treys and finished with 22 points. Brent Barron added 18 points and Jacob Willkow had 16 points and eight rebounds.
Science Hill (girls) 40
Troy, Calif. 33
NAPLES, Fla. — Science Hill ended the game on a 10-0 run to defeat Troy (Fullerton, Calif.) and advance to tonight’s semifinals of the Naples Holiday Shootout.
Shy Copney hit a 3-pointer to tie the score at 33 and Tianna Tarter scored the game’s final five points with three free throws and a driving basket.
Tarter and Morgan Knack scored 10 points apiece for the Lady Hilltoppers (13-1). Science Hill, ranked 17th in ESPN’s poll, plays No. 20 North Gwinnett (Ga.) tonight at 9:30.
“This is just a really good tournament,” Science Hill coach Darrell Barnwell said. “We’re excited about being in the semifinals. Hopefully we can come back tomorrow night and give ourselves a chance to play in the championship.”
Science Hill defeated McDonogh (Md.) 58-43 on Wednesday. Junior post Gabby Lyon had 11 points, five rebounds, two blocks and two steals.
Tarter had eight points and six steals, and Copney had a team-high 11 points.
Tennessee High (girls) 57
KNOXVILLE — Senior Ashley Byrd scored 17 points and sophomore Sheena Johnson scored 15, helping the Lady Vikings advance in the Fulton Christmas Classic.
Byrd, a 5-foot-9 post, made all seven of her field goal attempts and also had eight rebounds. Kelsey Stoops and Ashlee Mitchell scored 11 points apiece. Mitchell, a VCU signee, had five assists.
Tennessee High (9-3) plays the Jefferson County-Oak Ridge winner today at 6 p.m.
Paris Lawson led Siegel with 11 points.
Dorman, S.C. (girls) 48
SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Point guard K.J. Jones drove the baseline for a game-winning layup with 6.8 seconds in host Dorman’s holiday tournament.
Dorman (7-2), ranked No. 2 in 5A, got 10 points apiece from Mykell Sims and Crystal Samuel.
“(Dorman) is a tremendously athletic,” Elizabethton coach Len Dugger said. “It just went back and forth and back and forth ... and we had a chance. I was so hurt for our kids because we competed tremendously.”
Dugger wasn’t thrilled with a traveling call against the Lady Cyclones (11-2) after Jones’ basket, and thought even less of a moving screen foul that went against Elizabethton when it had the ball with 20-some seconds remaining and the score tied at 46.
Reazyn DeMoss had 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Lady Cyclones. Morgan Depew had 10 points and six rebounds.
Elizabethton plays Fayette County (Ga.) today at 4 p.m.
Rockcastle County, Ky. (girls) 62
GREENEVILLE — Michaela Hunter piled up 27 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and seven steals to help the Lady Rockets advance to the third round of the Landair Ladies Classic.
Andi Lamb scored 12 points for Chuckey-Doak. Hannah Riddle added 10.
Lamb, a sophomore, scored a career-high 29 points in Chuckey-Doak’s 64-48 win over Charlotte Christian in the opening-round nightcap on Wednesday. Riddle had 16 points, 10 rebounds and eight steals.
HARRIMAN — Cheyenne Camillo made two of his four 3-pointers in overtime and finished with 20 points as the Bulldogs got a victory in the Harriman Christmas Classic.
Cody McClain (18), Wesley Murray (15) and Stanley Valentine (12) scored in double figures for Hampton. Murray made three treys, including a clutch one in overtime.
Hampton (10-4), which made 7 of 8 free throws in the final minute to seal it, plays Rockwood today.
Happy Valley (girls) 56
KINGSTON — Mackenzie Blankenship tallied 17 points, six assists and four steals to lead Larry Abel’s Lady Warriors to first-round win in the Jon Loden/Midway Holiday Classic.
Shalee Perry had 14 points and five steals for Happy Valley, which also got productive performances from Kalee Johnson (eight points, four steals), Jenna Eaton (six points, eight rebounds).
Portland held the ball the first four minutes.
Happy Valley (7-5) plays Midway tonight at 7 in the semifinals.
Cloudland (girls) 52
Tellico Plains 40
LENOIR CITY — Senior post Brooke Rhodes tallied game-highs in points (23) and rebounds (15) to help the Lady Highlanders advance to the semifinals of the Lenoir City holiday tournament.
Courtney Wilson had 10 points and 12 rebound for Cloudland, which plays Hamilton Heights (Chattanooga) tonight at 7.
Jasmine Harris made two 3-pointers and scored 13 points to lead Tellico Plains.