A snow day didn’t keep the wins from accumulating for Science Hill’s basketball teams Friday night at the ’Topper Palace.
Shy Copney scored a game-high 23 points for the No. 2-ranked Lady ’Toppers and C.J. Good paced four double-digit scorers with 17 points for the third-ranked Hilltoppers in a sweep of David Crockett that kept each team undefeated in the Big Eight Conference.
Good, a junior guard who also had eight assists, scored 14 points, including four of his five 3-pointers, in the first half, but Crockett was within 10 points (34-24) at intermission. Kohl Tarlton cut the Pioneers’ deficit to eight early in the third quarter, but Hunter LeVeau (14 points, nine rebounds, four assists) scored eight straight points and the Hilltoppers (7-0, 19-2) dashed away for a 77-42 victory.
“I thought that was one of our most complete games of the year from start to finish,” Science Hill coach Ken Cutlip said. “I thought we defended them and they made shots in the first half. I mean that’s a credit to them. … Those kids have the ability to make shots when they’re heavily guarded. I thought we were contesting shots and they made some we were contesting.
“I thought our depth and our pressure were eventually able to wear them down.”
The Hilltoppers got 16 points, six rebounds and four assists from Tre’vonn Fields, 15 points from Zach Howard and nine points, six rebounds and six assists from Will Adams, whose leaping one-handed catch on a high skip pass from Fields in the first half brought the loudest wow from the crowd.
Four ’Toppers made 3-pointers, and two others made perimeter jumpers. Science Hill made 11 treys.
“I told my team before the game started, ‘Boys, there ain’t a bad shooter out here, so everybody’s got to do their job,’” Crockett coach Richard Tarlton said. “Sometimes you can find a weak link. But with this group here you can’t find a weak link, as far as somebody you can help off of.
“I didn’t think we played bad in the first half … but in the third quarter they turned us over a few times and kind of put a little run on us. We started to get a little fatigued because we’re not as deep as they are. And I think when fatigue starts to hit us we get a little sloppy, and with this bunch here, you can’t have that sloppy third quarter.”
Marc Aples had nine rebounds for Science Hill, and turned one of those into a falling-down assist to LeVeau.
“And he had an outstanding hustle play diving on the floor,” Cutlip said.
Good made his first trey six seconds after the opening tip. He added three more in a five-minute span of the second quarter.
Good also scored a transition lay-up on a crowd-pleasing bounce pass from Fields and assisted a Howard trey and a 15-footer by LeVeau in the opening 2:12.
Joe Ganger and Austin Street scored 11 points apiece for the Pioneers. Kohl Tarlton added nine.
Science Hill junior forward Reed Hayes didn’t play, and has now missed 11-plus consecutive quarters with an ankle injury that leaves his status as day to day.
Science Hill hosts Sullivan South and David Crockett visits Dobyns-Bennett on Tuesday.
Science Hill (girls) 95
David Crockett 36
The Lady Toppers outscored Crockett 40-5 in the opening 9:10 en route to their 20th straight win of the season and their 44th in the past 45 games dating back to Dec. 20, 2010.
Copney, a junior wing, scored eight of her 23 points in the first quarter and junior forward Enjelica Reid scored 11 of her 17 in the first half for the Lady Toppers (7-0, 20-0).
Sophomore post Gabby Lyon scored 11 of her 16 in the first half. Lyon scored on stick-backs, a whirling drop-step on the block and back-to-back turnaround banks that gave the Lady Toppers a 42-7 lead with 6:19 left in the first half.
Jaleessa Kennedy’s transition basket stretched the lead to 53-7 with 2:21 left in the second quarter. Science Hill coach Darrell Barnwell was pleased to see Kennedy still diving on the court in the game’s final minute, and thought it was indicative of his team’s effort.
“I like to see our kids keep good intensity, and I thought we did that,” he said. “That was a great play (by Kennedy) diving and getting the timeout.”
Kennedy was one of five Science Hill players to make a 3-pointer, and 10 Lady Toppers scored. Emanda Reid and Morgan Knack scored nine and eight points, respectively.
Kelsey Persinger scored 15 points to lead Crockett (0-7, 5-14).
“I thought No. 22 played (Persinger) well for them,” Barnwell said. “She shot the ball extremely well and was 8-for-8 at the free throw line.”
Science Hill hosts Sullivan South on Tuesday while the Lady Pioneers visit Dobyns-Bennett.