Science Hill’s home opener on Friday led to the same thing as its nine road games — a Hilltoppers victory.
Junior guard C.J. Good paced four double-figure scorers with 16 points, including four 3-pointers, and Science Hill methodically pulled away from Christian Academy of Knoxville for a 64-50 victory during the final game in the nightcap of Round Ball in the Palace.
In other the boys’ game Friday, Elizabethton (2-3) defeated Knox Webb 56-52 in the first game under new coach Len Dugger, who switched from the girl’s job to the boys after Tony Gordon’s resignation this week.
Science Hill hosts Webb tonight at 7. The Cyclones will play CAK at 5:30 p.m.
Science Hill was a little shaky early three 3-pointers from Good and eight points from Tre’vonn Fields helped it build a 32-27 lead at halftime.
Reed Hayes scored eight of 12 points in the third quarter, helping Science Hill stretch the lead to 44-38 at the end of three.
Good opened the fourth period with a 3-pointer, and the lead was at least six the remainder of the game.
“It was the first game we’ve played at home and I thought we had a little bit of jitters in some of the stuff we were doing there in the first half,” Hilltoppers coach Ken Cutlip said. “We did a great job executing late in the game.”
Fields (15 points) and Zach Howard (12) each hit two 3-pointers, and Calvin Songster added a trey.
“When we’re shooting the ball well on the perimeter, it does make it very difficult,” Cutlip said. “The important aspect … is how those guys are getting those shots, and it’s because of how our team continues to move the basketball. They’re always looking to make the extra pass and find the guy that’s wide open.
“We stepped up in the second half. I thought we did a much better job on the boards in the second half.”
Will Adams had six rebounds and six assists for the Hilltoppers. Good had five rebounds and three steals. Fields and Hayes also had three steals apiece, and Howard had four assists.
Dalton Keck and Oteriah Lee scored 13 and 12 points, respectively, for CAK (3-3).
Knox Webb 52
Elijah Redd gve the Cyclones a 54-52 lead with a 3-pointer from the corner with 1.6 seconds left. Redd had inbounded the ball to post Aaron Miller (20 points) and quickly dashed to the corner for a return pass before making the game-winner.
“They just sort of lost him,” Dugger said. “Aaron Miller was our first option … and, of course, he did a great job of finding on the kick-out. And Elijah stepped up and made a big shot right there.”
Dugger coached the Elizabethton boys from 1979-94, and had made the Lady Cyclones a state tournament regular in recent years.
He got emotional discussing the turn of events that led to Gordon’s resignation, Dugger moving over to Gordon’s job and athletic director Mike Wilson returning the girl’s job he once held.
“This is one of those situations where you had a group of kids that believed in each other and wanted to go out and play their hearts out for each other,” Dugger said. “If I was going to give out a game ball, I’d have to give two. I’d have to give one to all the kids and I’d give one to Coach (Craig) Emmert, because he was very instrumental in what went on out there tonight. …
“I have really hurt about it too, because I had to leave a team that I sincerely loved. And I really felt like those girls were turning the corner, and I loved them to death. But they’re going to do a great job.”