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Roberts leads Elizabethton over Sullivan East in Three Rivers contest

Jeff Birchfield • Updated Jan 18, 2020 at 10:30 AM

ELIZABETHTON — The Elizabethton Cyclones moved into second place in the Three Rivers Conference boys basketball standings with an 81-68 win over Sullivan East on Friday night at Treadway Gymnasium.

Leading by five points heading into the fourth quarter, the Cyclones pulled away late at the free-throw line.

Jake Roberts hit four shots beyond the 3-point arc and had a team-best 23 points for Elizabethton. Nico Ashley continued his high-scoring surge with 20 points. Parker Hughes and Donta Earnest each scored 13 points while William Willocks was the fifth Cyclone in double digits with 10.

Dylan Bartley harvested a game-high 27 points for Sullivan East. Ethan Bradford and Eric Hare each netted 11.

 Concord Christian 66, Providence Academy 54

Noah Gilder scored 16 points as the Lions avenged a season-opening loss to the Knights.

Freshman guard Sam Allister paced Providence with 20 points. Chris Miller finished with 14.

Cherokee 60, Volunteer 39

CHURCH HILL — The Chiefs used a 22-2 run over the last 7:21 of the third period to blow the game wide open and cruise to the finish line.

Carter Metz was Cherokee’s leading scorer with 12 points and Micah Jones finished with 11. Volunteer’s Andrew Knittel scored a game-best 13 points.

Tennessee High 89, Sullivan Central 47

BLOUNTVILLE — Thirteen different players scored for the Vikings in their blowout win over the Cougars.

Nolan Wishon led the way with 14 points with Aidan Carter right behind with 12 points. Cole McBrayer with 11 points and Isaiah Smith with 10 also reached double figures, while Reece Proffitt and Blake Fauver each scored nine.

For Sullivan Central, Joltin Harrison totaled 15 points and Bryson Crabtree came through with 12. Ethan Lane finished with eight.

North Greene 66, Unaka 65

BAILEYTON — Turner Bailey hit a 3-point shot at the buzzer as the Huskies downed the Rangers despite a 32-point performance by Will Sexton.

Joseph Slagle and Ryan Johnson and each knocked down four 3-point baskets to score 12 points apiece for Unaka.

Bailey was the high scorer for North Greene with 23 points. Kendal Loftis produced 13 points and Cayden Foulks accounted for eight.

Tri-Cities Christian 60, Washburn 51

WASHBURN — The Eagles got off to a fast start in the road win over the Pirates.

Adam Pigeon led the way with 10 points and seven rebounds. Gavyn Etter and John Gewelke each finished with 10 points. Martin added eight points and seven rebounds.

Skyler Hurst paced the Pirates with 18 points. Rance Shipe finished with 17 points, including five shots behind the 3-point line.

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GIRLS

Sullivan East 60, Elizabethton 50

ELIZABETHTON — Hayley Grubb scored 18 of her game-high 22 points in the second half to lead the Lady Patriots over the Lady Cyclones.

East opened the second quarter on a 14-2 run to erase a 10-point deficit. The Lady Patriots trailed 39-37 early in the fourth quarter, but back-to-back 3-point goals by Grubb and Emma Aubrey gave them a lead they never relinquished.

Jenna Hare had 19 points and Riley Nelson finished with 10 in the East victory.

Lina Lyon posted a dozen points to lead Elizabethton. Morgan Headrick had 11 for the Lady Cyclones, followed by Kaylen Shell with 10 points and Kaitlin Bailey with nine.

Concord Christian 53, Providence Academy 49

Madi Mee dropped in 21 points, Mady Sulish totaled 15 and the Lady Lions fought off a second-half charge by Providence.

The Lady Knights, who trailed 33-16 at halftime, were at their best in the fourth quarter — outscoring Concord 22-7.

Christen Sholes had a nice go of it for Providence, netting 26 points on the strength of six 3-pointers. Katie Cross delivered a strong complementary performance, scoring 17.

Volunteer 34, Cherokee 33

CHURCH HILL —Audrey Evans hit the game-winning basket with 2.7 seconds left to lift the Lady Falcons over the Lady Chiefs.

Kendra Huff had a game-high 15 points to lead Volunteer, which trailed 11-0 after the first quarter. Lydia Alvis paced Cherokee with 12 points followed by Destiny Jarnigan with nine.

Sullivan Central 62, Tennessee High 31

BLOUNTVILLE — Five players ended in double figures as the Lady Cougars doubled up the Lady Vikings.

Abby Crawford led Central with 14 points, and Peyton Sams posted an all-around effort of 12 points, four assists and five steals. Jaelyn West had 10 points and seven rebounds, while Macy McClellan and Katie Horne also scored 10 points.

Tennessee High was led by Kenzie Nickels with 10 points and Riley Fritts with seven.

North Greene 70, Unaka 43

BAILEYTON — Haleigh Bernard and Brooklyn Anderson combined for 41 points in the Lady Huskies’ romp over the Lady Rangers. Bernard finished with 21 and Anderson accounted for 20. Kiki Forney was Unaka’s leading scorer with 15 points.

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