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Lady Hilltoppers hold off Hurricanes

Douglas Fritz • Nov 27, 2018 at 9:51 PM

MORRISTOWN — It wasn’t a game-winning play, and it didn’t happen in the fourth quarter.

But it was important, and showed a little something about the makeup of Science Hill’s girls basketball team this season.

After a turnover under its own bucket led to two points for Morristown East with six seconds left before halftime, the Lady Hilltoppers went coast to coast. Lily Cullop finished on the other end to tie the game at the half.

Using that momentum, Science Hill scored the first eight points of the second half and went on to earn a 53-45 win over the Lady Hurricanes on Tuesday night at Isenberg-SIler Gymnasium.

“I think it was huge,” said Science Hill head coach Scottie Whaley. “We always tell our kids: Next play. You have to get over the previous play and go to the next play. And our kids did a good job of getting it, passing ahead, and scoring. That’s what you want. They made a basket, and we erased it by getting one of our own.”

Science Hill improved to 5-1 on the season. The Lady Hilltoppers will open their Big Seven Conference schedule Friday at Dobyns-Bennett.

SMITH TO THE FOREFRONT

Alasia Smith scored 10 fourth-quarter points and finished with a team-high 18.

She said her team’s strong second half came from being on the same page.

“We all just ended up working together, pulling together and playing hard,” said Smith. “We just had to turn it on and play together.”

Smith said she feels good about where the Lady Hilltoppers are in the early part of the season.

“We have a lot of chemistry,” said Smith. “We’ve bonded a lot more, and we’re winning ballgames.”

LEADERS

Erin Egerbrecht, who knocked down a pair of treys, complemented Smith with 10 points.

Symantha Fugate battled her way to eight points while Jeila Greenlee also contributed eight with a pair of 3-pointers.

For Morristown East, Sable Burnside led the way with 21 points

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