Down by one at the half, the Dobyns-Bennett Lady Indians used a 12-0 run in the third quarter to overtake Hampton for a 51-44 victory in Saturday’s championship game of the Johnson City Honda Invitational at Bobby Snyder Gymnasium.
After going into the locker room trailing 23-22, the Lady Indians (11-3) held the Lady Bulldogs (13-4) scoreless over a seven-minute stretch.
Once in the lead, the Lady Indians held on after Hampton stormed back to close within five and later to four points in the closing minutes.
The Lady Indians’ Sasha Morrisette put the final dagger in Hampton’s hopes breaking to the basket and getting scores. Leading all scorers with 23 points in the final, Morrisette earned tournament Most Valuable Player honors.
“I like the rush, the momentum and the bond,” Morrisette said about the big moments as she looked towards her sister Cydnee, also an all-tourmament selection. “We have a special bond. It shows in a lot of our plays.”
D-B took early command with a 14-8 lead at the end of one quarter only to see the scrappy Lady Bulldogs turn up the pressure in the second quarter and take a 23-22 lead at the half on Monica Olvera’s bucket.
Dobyns-Bennett coach Roger France admitted his team was a little rattled when they entered the locker room.
“In the second quarter, we got really frustrated,” he said. “Hampton played well, the crowd got into it and it was a very physical game. But, we played through that. We got our starters in foul trouble, but our other kids picked it up. We took a 6-8 point lead with those players on the bench.”
Leading Hampton’s comeback in the fourth quarter, Dorothy Dugger finished with 16 points. Alexis Bowers added a 13-point effort and Paige Montgomery worked inside for a team-best nine rebounds. The Lady Bulldogs had their chances to score during the third-quarter drought, just their shots weren’t falling.
“When you live and die by the jump shot and your legs get gone .... it seemed like most of our shots were short tonight,” Hampton head coach Leon Tolley said. “We had good shots tonight. We just couldn’t make them. We did what we wanted to, eliminating their post players, but 14 killed us. That’s why she’s the MVP.”
Despite being plagued by foul trouble, Alex Anderson posted a double-double for Dobyns-Bennett with 10 points and 12 rebounds. The Lady Indians left the gym at Daniel Boone with the utmost respect for their opponents, feeling they were both physically and mentally tested Saturday night.
“They’re in you, they’re aggressive, but you have to come back even stronger,” Cydnee Morrisette said. “You have to play together and have heart. And, you have to keep your composure, especially in front of a big crowd like that.”
Jenny Snyder scored 18 points and Katelyn Cox added 11 more as the Lady ‘Blazers (9-7) came out on the winning end of an extremely competitive game which featured 14 lead changes, nine in the final period alone.
Tight throughout the contest, Snyder finally gave Boone a two-possession lead with 27 seconds left. Allison Littleton sealed the outcome with two more free throws at the 12-second mark.
“It was just a great game against a good team,” Boone head coach Travis Mains said. “Katelyn Cox, she really stepped up tonight. She had a great tournament, but I’m just really proud of this team and their progression over the last two weeks.”
Kasey Norman hit four shots behind the 3-point arc in a 14-point effort for the Lady Eagles (12-6). Victoria Nelson had 10 points for Seymour, which trailed 23-17 at the half after leading 13-9 at the end of one quarter.
Boone went 3-1 over the four days against arguably the toughest competition on anyone in the tournament.
“They’ve all been nip-and-tuck where people are challenging you, testing your character,” Mains said. “They’re making runs at you, you’re making runs at them. As a program, we’ve got a lot of good things out of this week.”
Smith County 43
Callie Hackett, Smith County’s talented sophomore guard, tallied 24 points as the Lady Owls (13-6) survived the Lady Chiefs rallying from 13 points down.
Hackett had four free throws in the final 90 seconds to pull the Lady Owls ahead after the Chiefs finally overtook Smith County midway through the fourth quarter.
Cherokee (6-12) had fallen behind 21-8 at the end of one quarter, but clawed back to a 25-18 deficit at the half.
Pattie Taylor and Savannah Marlow each scored 16 for the Lady Chiefs.
Unicoi County 62
Sullivan East 43
Emily Edwards continued her big week with 19 points as the Lady Devils (9-6) raced out to a 31-8 advantage and held a double-digit lead the rest of the way..
Whitley True and Chelsea Harness each ended with 11 points, while Destinie Hayes recorded her second double-double of the tournament with 10 points and 17 rebounds.
All three of the aforementioned are underclassmen.
“They’re growing up every day,” Unicoi County coach Kerri King said. “They’re really young , not a lot of game experience, but every time they play, they’re getting better.”
Ashlee Minor and Tori James were high scorers for the Lady Patriots (13-5) with eight points apiece.
University High 29
Sullivan Central 19
The Junior Bucs (5-6) limited the Lady Cougars (2-14) to just one point in both the first and third quarters to earn the win.
As both teams struggled offensively, University High held a 9-8 lead at the half.
Megan Blair finally got the Junior Bucs somewhat on track, scoring nine points in the third quarter and 13 points overall.
Central’s struggles continued with just three field goals made through three quarters and ending the day 6-of-17 at the free-throw line.
University High was a final-day substitute for Gate City which couldn’t play due to a Virginia High School League rule which prohibits teams from playing four consecutive days.
Johnson County 48
Sevier County 47
Brooke Brown hit a pair of free throws for the last of her 25 points as the Lady Longhorns (4-11) rallied from a 10-point halftime deficit to defeat the Bearettes (8-9).
Brown’s free throws with 16 seconds left came on the heels of her making another go-ahead score seconds earlier. Sevier County’s Taylor Chapman missed a potential game-winning runner in the lane with two seconds left.
The Lady Longhorns, who had nine-point efforts by Brandy Dugger and Brianna Reece, went 2-2 in the tournament.
“For us, that’s huge right now,” Johnson County coach Todd Whittimore said. “We’re trying to be a team that competes every night. We have 13 losses and 10 of them are by five points or less. We’re in those games, but we weren’t able to close the deal. That’s what I liked tonight. We didn’t have our best game, but we tightened it up when we needed to.”
Brittany Tarr scored 11 of Sevier County’s first 12 points and finished with 25 before fouling out with 3:16 left in the game. Chapman ended with 11 points.
Sullivan South 66
Kayla Tipton posted a double-double of 17 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Lady Rebels (11-4) over the Lady Rangers (9-7).
Unaka trailed 48-32 entering the final period, but sliced the lead to five before South quickly pushed the lead back to 10.
Courtney McKenzie and Brayden Hutchins each finished with 13 points in the victory.
Kassie Winters sank five shots behind the 3-point line in a 24-point performance for Unaka. Brandi Ensor totaled 13 points and nine rebounds, while Alicia Colbaugh came back from a second-quarter elbow injury to also finish with 13.
David Crockett 58
Sarah Rhyne knocked down a 3-pointer at the buzzer to lift the Lady Cherokees (6-8) over the Lady Pioneers (1-13).
Greenback ended each of the final two periods in the same matter. Autumn Tipton, who scored a game-high 24 points, hit a 3-point shot to end the third quarter. Katelyn Sparks finished with 15 points and Rhyne tallied 13.
Heather Scalf, whose free throw with 14 seconds left tied the game for Crockett, ended with 17 points. Kaylie Foster knocked down four shots behind the 3-point line in a 14-point effort and Hannah Stephens added 10 points.