Sullivan South played Science Hill even for a half on Tuesday.
Unfortunately for the Rebels, they trailed 54-14 when the third quarter started.
C.J. Good scored 11 of his 16 points and Calvin Songster scored nine of his 11 in the first half, and the Hilltoppers cruised to an 82-42 victory at Science Hill.
It was Science Hill’s 49th straight Big Eight Conference regular-season victory. The Lady Hilltoppers also rolled over South for their 33rd straight regular-season league win.
Good made four of the Hilltoppers’ 12 treys. His fourth one gave Science Hill (8-0, 24-2) a 59-14 lead less than two minutes into the third quarter.
“I don’t think we could’ve played any better the first half,” Science Hill coach Ken Cutlip said. “That’s the quickest I’ve seen us all over the floor. We rebounded the ball extremely well and then pushed the ball and found the open guy. Just a great first half of basketball.”
Science Hill forced 30 turnovers while committing nine, and outrebounded the Rebels 35-26. Reed Hayes led the ‘Toppers with 10 rebounds, and also had six points, four assists and four steals.
“I thought that was Reed’s most active game of the year,” Cutlip said. “In the first half I felt like he was just all over the place. He got his hands on a lot of balls, rebounded the ball well and was real aggressive offensively just in moving the basketball and attacking.”
Twelve ‘Toppers scored. Malik McGue scored all nine of his points from 3-point range, and had five steals and four assists.
Freshman point guard Patrick Good scored eight points on his 15th birthday. Senior Marc Aples also had eight points. Will Adams scored all seven of his points in the first half, and finished with four assists.
“I think it was a case of January the 16th the game was over before we got off the bus,” South coach Mark Pendleton said. “We didn’t do the simple things we have to do against Science Hill. You’ve gotta contest, get back in transition and you’ve gotta finish when you can. We probably missed half a dozen paint shots in the first quarter. We probably got beat in transition a half a dozen times. …
“I mean, that’s a team we played tonight that wanted it more than us. And they went and got it. It’s pretty simple.”
Michael Harr made three 3-pointers en route to a team-high 14 points for South (5-3, 10-10), which hosts Daniel Boone in a key Big Eight game on Friday.
Science Hill travels to Tennessee High.
Science Hill (girls) 81
Sullivan South 49
Junior point guard Tianna Tarter scored all of her game-high 21 points in the first three quarters for Science Hill (8-0, 18-2).
South was scrappy, particularly in the first half. Kayla Tipton scored two of her 10 points to get South within 37-27 with 50 seconds left in the first half. At that point, league opponents have generally been staring at 25- to 40-point deficits the past 2 1/2 seasons.
But Tarter scored 11 points in the first 6 1/2 minute of the third quarter while Science Hill stretched a 40-29 halftime lead to 56-31. Science Hill’s pressure defense was played with more purpose in the second half.
“Once they got past that first wave, they were doing a good job of pushing the ball down the floor (in the first half),” said Science Hill coach Darrell Barnwell, whose Lady ‘Toppers are ranked 13th nationally by CBS MaxPreps. “So they had a stretch there probably the last two minutes of the first quarter and a big part of the second quarter where we just didn’t defend as well. In the second half I thought we had a lot more intensity defensively, forced a lot more turnovers and we didn’t turn it (over).”
Senior forward Enjelica Reid scored 17 points. Junior post Gabby Lyon had 15 points and six blocked shots.
Keisha Gregory and Morgan Knack added nine and eight points, respectively.
South is the only Big Eight team to have scored 50 points against Science Hill the past 2 1/2 seasons. Science Hill held it scoreless the final 2:43 to prevent it from repeating the feat.
South (3-4, 13-7) was led by Courtney McKenzie (16 points) and Brayden Hutchins (15).
Science Hill visits Tennessee High on Friday. South hosts Daniel Boone.