The Lady Hilltoppers broke the game open in the second quarter and rolled to a 57-22 win over Cherokee in a Big Seven Conference girls basketball game Tuesday night.
Science Hill won without the services of second-leading scorer and rebounder Kijanae Marion. The standout sophomore is out for at least two weeks with an ankle injury.
“We talked yesterday in practice about each player needing to contribute a little bit more,” said Science Hill head coach Scottie Whaley. “Just doing it collectively, which is kind of how we do it anyway. Nae has played really well, but I thought our kids played really well tonight. Our seniors picked it up. Overall I was really pleased.”
Science Hill (8-0) remained unbeaten in league play and improved to 16-7 overall. Cherokee fell to 0-9, 7-18.
PICKING IT UP
Alasia Smith was already the Lady Hilltoppers’ leader, and she led the team with a 17-point effort.
“Nae is a big piece to this, and we really miss her,” said Smith. “I hope we get her back quick. I feel like I had to step up as a senior and be a leader, and just get everybody contributing today.”
Jasmine Myers also had a nice game, joining Smith in double digits with 10 points. Erin Egerbrecht knocked down a trio of treys and finished with nine points.
Science Hill wasn’t dominant in the first quarter, and the Lady Chiefs were within striking distance at quarter’s end with a 14-7 deficit.
But the close game didn’t last. The Lady Hilltoppers outscored Cherokee 22-4 in the second quarter and took a 25-point advantage into the locker room.
“Our kids didn’t take it for granted,” said Whaley. “We got off to a little bit of a slow start, but really picked it up when we went to the press.
“We’ve got goals and one of the goals is to win the league. Every conference game is important and we just want to get better and better.”
The Lady Chiefs didn’t have anybody reach double figures, but Kaylan Henard scored over a third of her team’s points with eight.