The Lady Hilltoppers zoomed out to a 16-point first-quarter lead and never looked back, dropping 13 trey balls in a 78-37 win Tuesday night at the new gym.
Science Hill (6-2 overall) improved to 1-1 in Big Seven Conference play. It was the league opener for the Lady Vikings, who fell to 2-5 on the year.
“Yes it would be nice if you could get 13 threes every night, after we were 0-for Friday night,” said Lady Hilltoppers’ head coach Scottie Whaley. “The kids came out and played hard. What I liked tonight was our defense in the second half, and the kids on the bench cheering for their teammates.”
Science Hill was in a groove from the get-go, scoring the game’s first 12 points and holding the Lady Vikings scoreless for over four minutes. By the end of the first quarter, Science Hill led 21-5.
“We got off to a better start than we did Friday,” said Symantha Fugate, referring to the league-opening loss to Dobyns-Bennett. “We were hitting our shots, making post feeds and kicking it out for threes.”
Fugate was the beneficiary of some of those kick outs. She Google-mapped the bottom of the basket four times to lead the Hilltoppers, finishing with 15 points.
Jeila Greenlee, who added 11 points, said the Lady Hilltoppers were enjoying themselves as they shared the ball and played together.
“It was super fun because everybody got to talk and communicate and everybody was all hyped,” said Greenlee.
Fugate said that type of performance could lead to bigger things down the road.
“We think we can make it to state if we play as a team and not play selfish,” she said.
Whaley said he believes his team will get much better.
“I think we have a high ceiling,” he said.
FOR THE VIKINGS
LynLeigh Rhodes, Riley Fritts and Annie Hayes each had nine points. The Vikings were able to muster only 14 points in the second half, including a one-point fourth quarter.