Tianna Tarter was recognized for scoring her 1,000th career point on a night when Science Hill seemed like it scored 1,000 more in a home sweep of David Crockett.
Tarter paced six double-figure scorers with 17 points and the junior point guard handed out all seven of her assists in the first half of a 104-10 victory. The Hilltoppers boys were also credited with 104 points on the scoreboard, though the correct score was 103-32.
The victories clinched at least a tie for both teams in the Big Eight Conference regular-season race.
C.J. Good scored 24 points in Science Hill’s 53rd straight regular-season victory in the conference. The Lady ‘Toppers (12-0, 23-3), who fell from No. 11 to 13 in the CBS MaxPreps national Top 25 following a 61-58 loss to No. 6 Marion County (Ky.) on Saturday in Louisville, have won 37 straight regular-season league games.
Tarter reached 1,000 in Louisville during a 76-54 win against Louisville-Mercer Academy on Jan. 25, but she didn’t know it until Friday.
“I kept asking how many I had; I was just curious,” she said. “I was shocked (when they told me).”
She was presented a ball with her name on it, a rose and a chocolate for her feat.
“It is (a great feeling),” Tarter said.
She scored 13 of her 17 points while helping the Hilltoppers build a 76-5 halftime lead. The continuous clock began at the start of the third quarter and ran during free throws in the fourth quarter.
Senior wing Shy Copney scored 14 points in a sixth-man role for Science Hill. Also scoring in double figures were Enjelica Reid (13), Keisha Gregory (12), Morgan Knack (10) and Emanda Reid (10).
“It was great to be able to recognize Tianna and come out and play well,” Science Hill coach Darrell Barnwell said. “It was all about effort and how we would play, especially in the first half. We want to play hard … regardless of the situation.”
Junior post Gabby Lyon scored all nine of her points in the first half, and tallied three blocked shots. Shae Smith had six points and two blocks.
Grace Herrin was the 11th Lady ‘Topper to score. Her 3-pointer from the right corner — on an assist from Emanda Reid –—gave Science Hill 102 points with 3:28 to play.
Baylee Head, a 6-foot junior wing, scored six of her eight points from 3-point range.
With February’s arrival, it looks like Tarter and company are focused for a third straight march to Murfreesboro.
“We’re trying to win the state,” Tarter said. “We want to accomplish something we’ve never accomplished before.”
Science Hill hosts Sullivan Central for Senior Night on Tuesday. Crockett (0-11, 1-22), which was led by Hannah Stephens’ four points, hosts Sullivan South today at 5 p.m.
Ken Cutlip’s Hilltoppers were razor sharp, too. After making two 3-pointers in a 10-point win at Daniel Boone on Tuesday, Science Hill shot 58.3 percent (14-24) from 3-point range against its other Washington County rival.
Good made three of his four 3-pointers in the first half. Will Adams (six assists, two steals) made three treys and scored all 17 of his points in the first half while helping Science Hill dash to a 62-20 halftime lead.
Calvin Songster (12 points), Reed Hayes (11 points) and Malik McGue each hit two 3-pointers, and freshman point guard Patrick Good (10 assists, eight steals) made a trey while scoring all seven of his points in the fourth quarter.
“The thing I’m most proud of is I thought our kids did what we asked them to do for four quarters,” Cutlip said. “We played with tremendous effort the entire time no matter who got in the game. It helps when you shoot the ball as well as we shot it, especially early.
“We didn’t shoot it well in Gray, but tonight we shot it unbelievably.”
Crockett was led by 6-foot-6 senior post Isaac Mango’s 12 points.
“When we can get him the ball we can score,” Crockett coach Richard Tarlton said. “But we had trouble getting it down the floor and we got beat in transition. We just got our butt handed to us tonight. They beat us up and down the floor and they shot the ball well.
“They shot the lights out. It didn’t matter where they shot it, it went in.”
Science Hill had 32 assists and nine turnovers. It scored frequently in transition after the Pioneers scored.
Marc Aples scored eight points, Daniel Sweeney had a team-high five rebounds and Hunter Hensley had five assists.
“Our shooters are really good shooters because of getting in the gym,” Cutlip said. “But the way their teammates pass the ball they become great shooters. … Our defensive intensity was outstanding for four quarters.”
It was the first of six games in eight days for Crockett (3-8, 8-15), which hosts Sullivan South today at 6:30 p.m. Science Hill hosts Sullivan Central on Tuesday for Senior Night.