The Warriors failed to get off a shot at the buzzer, losing a heartbreaker to the Cougars for the second time this season.
Sams led Central’s efforts with 16 points. Three other Cougars ended in double figures as Ty Barb scored 13, followed by Joltin Harrison with 12 and Bryson Crabtree with 10.
Blake Young poured in 17 points to lead Happy Valley and James Harmon, in his first game of the season, finished with 16 points. Dylan Willis scored nine, while Luke Roberts had eight for the Warriors.
Elizabethton 67, Johnson County 43
ELIZABETHTON — Sophomore sensation Jake Roberts knocked down six shots behind the 3-point line to score 21 points and lead the Cyclones to the big Three Rivers Conference victory.
Nico Ashley came through with 19 points for Elizabethton, which got eight from Parker Hughes.
Michael Oxentine led the Longhorns with 11 points. Zack Parsons scored 10 for the herd.
Providence Academy 65, Tri-Cities Christian 54
Sam McAllister had 15 points and Toby Crabtree followed with 14 as the Knights downed the Eagles.
Adam Pigeon was the high scorer for Tri-Cities with 20 points. Gavyn Etter scored six points.
Hampton 52, University High 50
HAMPTON —Tied at 50, the Bulldogs went the length of the floor before Conor Jones hit Morgan Lyons on a roll down the lane in traffic for a game-winning layup.
It was the last of Lyons’ team-best 18 points. Caleb Oaks scored 10 points and Jordan Bentley ended with eight points.
Kaleb Meredith had 19 points on the offensive end and four steals on the defensive end to lead University High. Marshall Fleenor added a 16-point effort.
Cloudland 63, Unaka 60
ROAN MOUNTAIN — Conner Birchfield had a productive night with 21 points to lead the Highlanders over the Rangers in the county rivalry game.
Elijah Blair tallied 11 points and Bentley Gilbert scored 10. Hunter Shell and Hayden Shell each added eight points.
Ryan Johnson hit six shots behind the arc and scored a game-high 23 points to lead Unaka. Dylan Whitehead finished with 14 points and Will Sexton ended with eight.
North Greene 80, Sullivan North 79
KINGSPORT — Cayden Foulks hit a 3-point shot at the buzzer as the Huskies pulled out a double-overtime victory at Sullivan North.
Foulks was the leading scorer for North Greene with 21 points. Turner Bailey scored 19 points and Kendal Loftis ended with 18 points.
For North, Isaiah Pruitt had a game-high 26 points and CJ Mardis had a big night offensively with 22 points. Christian Hill hit double digits with 10, while Bryson Vance barely missed with nine.
Tennessee High 88, Cherokee 61
BRISTOL — Nolan Wishon dominated inside with a 27-point performance to lead the Vikings to the Big Seven Conference victory.
McHale Bright shone for 12 points and Blake Fauver was on his heels with 11. Aidan Carter and Cole McBrayer swished shots from the outside to end with nine each. The Vikings made 11 shots from 3-point range overall.
Cherokee was balanced in the loss. Jonathan Fulkerson led the Chiefs with 12 points, followed by Joe Nichols with 10. Andrew Cope finished with nine, while Carter Metz scored eight.
Sullivan South 79, Volunteer 50
KINGSPORT — Gannon Chase had 22 points to lead the Rebels rout of the Falcons.
Ben Diamond was solid as a rock with 11 points and freshman Creed Musick finished with 10 points.
Heath Miller led Volunteer with 11 points and Dakota Hicks scored nine.
Sullivan Central 44, Happy Valley 29
BLOUNTVILLE — The No. 6-ranked Lady Cougars limited the Lady Warriors to 17 points through three quarters in the Three Rivers Conference victory.
Wofford signee Abbey Crawford led Central with 13 points. Parker Hurd also landed in double figures with 10 points as well as coming up with four steals.
Jaiden Clark was the leading scorer for Happy Valley with nine points. Olivia Absher and Kadie Bailey each scored six.
Elizabethton 64, Johnson County 59
ELIZABETHTON — Morgan Headrick scored 21 points, including four big free throws in overtime as the Lady Cyclones held off a determined group from Mountain City.
Kaylen Shell finished with 14 points and Torrie Roberts accounted for nine for Elizabethton.
Taylor Cox had 24 points for the Lady Longhorns. Sadie Stout scored a dozen.
Providence Academy 65, Tri-Cities Christian 13
Christen Sholes scored 17 points as the Lady Knights were leading 22-1 at the end of one quarter and kept on distancing themselves from the Lady Eagles.
Callie Burchette totaled 10 points and Madi Baugh netted nine in the Providence victory.
Grace Williams with five points to lead Tri-Cities.
Hampton 64, University High 36
HAMPTON — Leading by seven at the end of three quarters, the Lady Bulldogs pulled away in the fourth to dispatch the Lady Bucs.
Hannah Collins led a balanced Hampton effort with 15 points. Linsey Jenkins had nine, while Destini Milhorn and Nicole Guy each scored eight.
Mauri Johnson was the leading scorer for University High with 12 points and Delaney Trosin netted nine.
Cloudland 50, Unaka 35
ROAN MOUNTAIN — Three players — Kenzie Birchfield, Jasmine Birchfield and Gracie Freeman — ended with 12 points to lead the No. 9-ranked Lady ’Landers over the Lady Rangers.
Kenzie Birchfield hit four shots from 3-point range, and on the defensive end, Cloudland held Unaka to six points in the first half.
Lyndie Ramsey paced the Lady Rangers with 13 points and Jada Whitehead was next up with six.
North Greene 65, Sullivan North 27
KINGSPORT — Shelby Davenport and Sonya Wagner each scored 12 points as the Lady Huskies rolled against the Lady Raiders. Breezy Savage contributed 11 points in the victory.
Alyssa Barker had the high-point total for Sullivan North with nine points and Sahara Bates scored six.
Tennessee High 35, Cherokee 26
BRISTOL — The Lady Vikings rallied from a 15-9 halftime deficit to get measure of the Lady Chiefs.
Kenzie Nickels had 15 points, 12 of them in the second half, and eight rebounds to lead Tennessee High. Tori Ryan came through with eight points and eight rebounds.
Macy McDavid and Gema Brooks each scored seven points to lead Cherokee.
Sullivan South 51, Volunteer 49
KINGSPORT — Nicole Troutman and Allie Jordan each scored 10 points as the Lady Rebels held off a fierce challenge from the Lady Falcons.
Alex Harris totaled nine points and Riley Nelson added eight for South.
Audrey Evans had a game-high 20 points and Aliyah Crawley scored nine for Volunteer.