Science Hill has won 48 straight Big Eight Conference regular-season games, and coach Ken Cutlip can’t remember being any more pleased than he has been with the last two.
C.J. Good made six of Science Hill’s 11 3-pointers en route to 27 points and the Hilltoppers rolled to a 92-35 victory at David Crockett on Friday.
Eleven players scored and one of the non-scorers had three assists for Science Hill (7-0, 23-2), which was coming off a 101-48 win at Sullivan Central on Tuesday.
“I’m really pleased with our focus and effort over our last eight quarters of basketball,” Cutlip said. “I don’t know that I’ve had a better eight quarters out of a team.”
Will Adams scored nine of his 13 in the first quarter, including two 3-pointers, and finished with a game-high six steals. Good scored 16 of his 27 in the first half and made all six of his treys in the first three quarters.
“He’s a good shooter and now Will Adams is shooting it,” Crockett coach Richard Tarlton said. “You used to didn’t have to worry about him looking to shoot it. They’ve got a lot of guys that can shoot it … and they’re tough to match up against with all those guards on the floor.”
Calvin Songster scored 11 points for Science Hill. Patrick Good had nine points, seven assists and five steals.
C.J. Good had a team-high five rebounds, four assists and three steals. Reed Hayes (five points, four steals, three assists) and Malik McGue (seven points, four rebounds, three assists) were also productive, and Hunter Hensley made two crowd-pleasing diagonal bounce-passes to reward the crisply executed back-cuts of C.J. Good and Adams.
“We have a lot of kids that are contributing in a lot of categories,” Cutlip said, “which speaks volumes about how they work together as a team.”
The smallish Hilltoppers also got a lift from 6-foot-7 junior newcomer Andrew Smith, who didn’t play basketball his first two seasons for Science Hill. Smith scored four points and drew a charge.
“We’ve been extremely pleased with what Andrew’s been able to do the last couple of ballgames,” Cutlip said. “We’re putting him in different situations and trying to expose him to some opportunities to see if he can be effective for us down the road. He’s done everything we’ve asked and continues to improve. What he can provide (size) is an area, you know, nobody else can do some of the things he’s able to do for us.”
Senior guard Josh Saults led Crockett (2-5, 7-12) with eight points. Isaac Mango, a 6-foot-6 senior who’s been battling illness the past several days, scored six points, as did 6-foot-4 junior Tyler Page.
Science Hill hosts Sullivan South on Tuesday. David Crockett will host Dobyns-Bennett.
Science Hill (girls) 77
David Crockett 27
Junior point guard Tianna Tarter scored all of her game-high 22 points in the first three quarters as the Lady Hilltoppers won their 32nd straight regular-season conference game.
Science Hill (7-0, 17-2), ranked No. 13 nationally by CBS MaxPreps, also got double-figure scoring from Shy Copney (15), Gabby Lyon (13) and Enjelica Reid (12).
Lyon scored three times in the final 52 seconds of the first half, including an interior basket with one second remaining that Reid assisted after an offensive rebound. It gave Science Hill a 49-9 halftime lead, and the score was 75-18 at the end of the third quarter.
Copney, a senior wing who has signed with Middle Tennessee, had her most productive outing since injuring a knee in the state semifinals last season. She made two of Science Hill’s four 3-pointers. Tarter had the others.
Copney has also been bothered by a quadriceps recently.
“She said she felt better going into this game, and obviously it showed,” Science Hill coach Darrell Barnwell said. “Tianna got a lot of opportunities off of steals in transition. And she can shoot it, too. …
“Our starters and our rotations, we’re gonna have to start expanding some of those minutes to get ready for the postseason. I probably had some rotations in there a little bit longer, and we had some different combinations in there in the second half just to see who’s playing well with whom.”
Kaley Persinger scored 10 points, including two 3-pointers, to lead the Lady Pioneers (0-6, 1-17), who host Dobyns-Bennett on Tuesday.
Sullivan South visits Science Hill on Tuesday.