BLOUNTVILLE – Sullivan Central served turnovers Tuesday, and Science Hill feasted.
The Hilltoppers forced 46 turnovers, got 29 points and nine steals from C.J. Good and cruised to a 101-48 win in the Dickie Warren Dome.
It was the 47th straight Big Eight Conference regular-season win for the Hilltoppers (6-0, 22-2) and the first time they’ve reached the century mark since winning 101-56 at Central two years ago.
Good scored 22 of his 29 in the first half. Science Hill led 56-31 at halftime despite Central shooting 59 percent from the field.
So Science Hill opened the second half as if it was trailing by double digits. Good and fellow seniors Reed Hayes (16 points, team-high six rebounds, four steals) and Will Adams (15 points, seven steals) scored four points apiece as Science Hill outscored the Cougars (1-5, 4-17) 15-2 in the opening 2 1/2 minutes of the second half.
“The coaches told us we needed to step it up on D because they were shooting 59 percent in the first half,” said Good, who made four of the ‘Toppers’ 12 treys. “So we stepped up and caused some turnovers and that led to fast breaks.”
Science Hill coach Ken Cutlip wasn’t ecstatic with his team’s play in the second half of an 80-62 home win against Daniel Boone on Friday.
“I credit our starting five,” Cutlip said. “They set the tempo for the second half. And then all of our kids came in and continued to play that way for the rest of the game. The energy tonight was outstanding. I couldn’t ask for any more as far as effort and looking to create an up-tempo game.”
Thirteen Hilltoppers scored. Aaron Adams’ transition layup on an assist from Hunter Hensley got Science Hill into triple digits despite racing a continuous clock in the fourth quarter.
Freshman point guard Patrick Good had 10 assists for Science Hill, which visits David Crockett on Friday.
Lucas Parker scored 18 points for Central.
Science Hill (girls) 78
Sullivan Central 33
Junior post Gabby Lyon paced five double-digit scorers with 19 points as the Lady Hilltoppers (6-0, 16-2) won their 31st straight Big Eight Conference regular-season game.
Lyon made all seven of her free throw attempts and blocked two shots.
Morgan Knack scored all 12 of her points from 3-point range. Sophomore Keisha Gregory made three treys en route to 11 points.
Forward Shae Smith also had 11 points, and fellow senior Enjelica Reid scored eight of her 10 in the first half. Science Hill would’ve had six players in double figures if unselfish junior point guard Tianna Tarter (seven points, eight assists) hadn’t passed up transition layups in favor of assists.
“Tianna’s always been that way ever since she was a freshman,” Science Hill coach Darrell Barnwell said. “She’s looked for her shot a little bit more this year, which is good, but I think she still likes trying to get everybody involved and she sees the floor so well. And she makes some passes where your like, ‘Oh my gosh, how’d she see that?’
“That’s been our MO the last two or three years. I mean, we have a kid score 20-some points sometimes, but when you look at the whole body of work, we’ve got four or five kids averaging double figures. And that’s a testament to how much they want to win and how much they want to share the ball.”
Katlyn Buckland led Central (1-5, 3-15) with 10 points.
Science Hill visits David Crockett on Friday.