Science Hill had nothing to prove or gain in its game at David Crockett on Friday, but you would’ve thought a state title was at stake.
A game after clinching the Big Eight Conference title outright, the Hilltoppers kept their foot on the gas with an impressive exhibition of unselfish play while remaining unbeaten in the league with a 99-35 victory.
It was the 40th straight regular-season conference victory for Science Hill (13-0, 25-2), which can conclude its second consecutive undefeated regular season in the league Tuesday at Sullivan Central.
Sophomore wing Calvin Songster paced five double-digit scorers with 19 points. He made three of the Hilltoppers eight 3-pointers.
Reed Hayes tallied 17 points and five rebounds, and C.J. Good and Hunter LeVeau added 15 points apiece.
Good and Will Adams each handed out five assists. LeVeau added three. Science Hill was still opting for assists instead of transition points long after the outcome was decided.
“We continued to play unselfishly,” Science Hill coach Ken Cutlip said. “Usually, when you get in situations like that, kids tend to get more selfish. But that’s the way these kids have been all year.
“At this point in the year, you don’t know what you’re gonna get sometimes. I’m proud of the way they played.”
Tre’vonn Fields scored 14 points, six of those via 3-pointers. Adams had nine points and LeVeau had a team-high seven rebounds.
Science Hill took a 49-17 lead at halftime when Hunter Hensley found Good cutting for a layup 10 seconds before intermission. Good also scored the last basket of the third quarter when he made a 3-pointer on a kick-out from Zach Howard for an 80-23 lead.
“That is probably the best four quarters of basketball that we have put together all year,” Cutlip said. “Everybody that played, played well tonight. We were clicking on all cylinders, and Crockett was struggling shooting the ball.”
Crockett did take a 2-0 lead before the clock had started after Science Hill was called for a technical foul for a dunk during warm-ups. It wasn’t the only oddity. Four Crockett fans were ejected by an official at various points in the second half.
Crockett (5-8, 13-13), which hosts Daniel Boone on Tuesday, got eight points apiece from Joe Ganger and Anthony Campbell.
Science Hill (girls) 67
David Crockett 24
Junior wing Shy Copney scored all eight of her points in the first quarter while the Lady ’Toppers built a 29-8 lead and they were never threated while improving to 13-0 in the league and 27-0 overall.
Sophomore post Gabby Lyon scored 14 points and junior forward Enjelica Reid added 12. The Lady ’Toppers weren’t challenged despite 2-of-17 shooting on 3-pointers.
“I thought we played good defense, but we just didn’t shoot the ball well tonight,” said Science Hill coach Darrell Barnwell, whose team has won 51 of its last 52 games. “We weren’t very good behind the 3-point line — two for a lot. We need to get to tournament time. Not only us, but I think all the teams are ready to finish the season and get to tournament time.
Morgan Knack and Shae Smith scord nine and seven points, respectively, for Science Hill.
Knack’s transition layup on a steal and assist from freshman Keisha Gregory gave the Lady ’Toppers a 37-12 lead late in the second quarter. Reid’s short bank shot and Lyon’s put-back stretched the lead to 41-12 at halftime.
“We had a little bit of a slow start, but we came on strong there in the first quarter,” Barnwell said. “It just seemed like after that, we didn’t shoot the ball well and didn’t turn them over as much. ... We got to Sullivan Central on Tuesday, which is good, because that’s where the tournament’s gonna be.”
Heather Scalf made three 3-pointers en route to 12 points for Crockett. Sara Shipley added seven.