A quick timeout and brief reminder by head coach Scottie Whaley helped jumpstart the Lady Hilltoppers, and then it was business as usual in a 59-31 runaway win over Tennessee High in a Big Seven Conference basketball game at Viking Hall on Friday night.
“We got on them just a little bit and they responded,” said Whaley. “We came out just a hair flat, but then we picked it up. I thought our kids were really efficient tonight. At times we looked really good. At times there were a few lapses, but overall a good effort.”
Science (15-7 overall) stayed perfect in league play at 7-0. The Vikings dropped to 1-7 in the conference and 5-19 overall.
The game came with a measure of cost, however, as standout post player Kijanae Marion came down with an ankle injury in the second half. Whaley said it looks like Marion will miss some games.
Science Hill pushed ahead 17-6 at the end of the first quarter, and then put wraps on a strong first half by outscoring the Lady Vikings 23-8 in the second quarter. The effort was punctuated by Jeila Greenlee, who knocked down a 35-footer just before the halftime buzzer.
Whaley said he expected his kids would eventually find a groove.
“The kids knew it was an important game, a conference game,” Whaley said.
Science Hill hurt Tennessee High with its half-court trapping defense.
“I probably stayed in it a possession or two too long, and Tennessee High adjusted to it in the second half,” said Whaley. “But we have really good length across the board. We have long arms, and we have to use that to our advantage. I was pleased with the 1-3-1, for sure.”
LEADING THE WAY
Erin Egerbrecht paced Science Hill in scoring, totaling 12 points and knocking down four 3-pointers. Marion was right in step with 11 points.
Greenlee, Alasia Smith and Kat Patton Rachel totaled eight points apiece.
Tori Ryan led Tennessee High with eight points.