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Crockett edges Tennessee High for third place

Johnson City Press • Feb 12, 2020 at 10:30 AM

David Crockett captured a 52-48 boys basketball win Tuesday night to move into third place in the Big Seven Conference standings and earn the No. 3 seed in the upcoming District 1-AAA tournament.

Mack Hensley and Donta Hackler led the way for the Pioneers with 14 points apiece. Eric Dunbar added 10 points in the Crockett victory.

Only four players scored for Tennessee High. Nolan Wishon had a big night with 24 points.

Blake Fauver hit double figures with 11 points and Cole McBrayer finished with eight points.

Dobyns-Bennett 82, Cherokee 54

ROGERSVILLE — Abiah Releford hit eight shots behind the 3-point arc to score a game-high 28 points in the Indians’ victory over the Chiefs.

Brady Stump tallied 13 points, while McKinley Tincher, Jahson Dennis and Jonavan Gillespie all scored eight points.

Carter Metz led Cherokee’s efforts with 17 points. Micah Jones finished with eight points and five rebounds.

Sullivan North 66, Tri-Cities Christian 63

BLOUNTVILLE — The Golden Raiders rallied in the fourth quarter to take the road win over the Eagles.

Trey Williams posted a 23-point performance and Bryant Herron came through with 18 to lead Sullivan North.

Gavyn Etter hit six shots from 3-point range and scored 28 points to lead Tri-Cities.

John Gewelke had 10 points and five steals and Adam Pigeon grabbed 10 rebounds.

Cloudland 64, Johnson County 61 (OT)

MOUNTAIN CITY — Conner Birchfield scored 13 points, all on free throws, and Hayden Shell also finished with 13 to lead the Highlanders to an overtime win over the Longhorns.

In the battle of mountain teams, Elijah Blair and Garrison Julian all had 10 points for the boys from Roan Mountain. Bentley Gilbert was right behind with nine points.

Michael Oxentine had a game-high 19 points to lead the Mountain City contingent. Lucas Phillips scored 16 points and Darren Cunningham came through with 10 points.

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GIRLS

Tennessee High 49, David Crockett 46

Kenzie Nickels had 19 points and eight rebounds, while Riley Fritts finished with 10 points, four assists and three steals in the Lady Vikings’ win.

The Lady Pioneers were once again without head coach Tony Gordon. They were led by assistant Lacie York, with guidance from boys' head coach Cody Connell. Gordon has not been able to coach the team over the past week, sparking rumors about his absence.

“Coach Gordon is battling some health issues,” said Crockett athletic director Josh Kite on Tuesday. “He has not been fired. Coach York and Coach Connell are assuming the role at the moment.”

Halle Scott paced Crockett’s efforts with 12 points. Alyssa Suits was the next highest scorer with nine.

Tori Ryan grabbed 11 rebounds for Tennessee High.

Dobyns-Bennett 46, Cherokee 29

ROGERSVILLE — Caitlyn Wallace and Jabrea Johnson each scored 11 points as the Lady Indians defeated an inspired Lady Chiefs squad.

Megan Ayers added eight points in the Dobyns-Bennett victory.

Destiny Jarnigan scored 11 points and Kaylan Henard netted nine.

Sullivan North 62, Tri-Cities Christian 14

BLOUNTVILLE — The Lady Raiders outscored the Lady Eagles 31-7 in each half for the blowout win.

Maddy Winters paced North with 19 points. Alyssa Barker scored 11 points, followed by Kierra Kotee with 10 points and Sahara Bates with nine.

“We played the best game we have all season,” North coach Christopher Salley said. “Sahara Bates is our only senior, but she’s had such a great year. She has been consistent, hard working, averaging double figures in rebounds. She and Maddy Winters both had great games tonight.”

Lydia Smith was Tri-Cities’ leading scorer with five points.

Johnson County 50, Cloudland 48

MOUNTAIN CITY — Emmy Miller hit a pair of game-winning free throws with 4.2 seconds left for the Lady Longhorns against the Lady Highlanders.

Taylor Parsons led the way for Johnson County with 18 points. Sadie Stout totaled 14 points and Taylor Cox accounted for 11.

Jasmine Birchfield had a team-high 16 points for Cloudland. Gracie Freeman scored 14.

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