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Lady Hilltoppers wrap up perfect Big Seven slate

Douglas Fritz • Updated Feb 11, 2020 at 10:59 PM

CHURCH HILL — A fast start and quick finish summed up Science Hill’s win over Volunteer on Tuesday night.

That also describes the Lady Hilltoppers’ perfect march through the Big Seven Conference this basketball season.

Science Hill capped an undefeated league mark with a 61-35 win over the Lady Falcons at Volunteer’s gym.

Hilltoppers’ head coach Scottie Whaley said he saw enough good things to keep things moving in a positive direction for next week’s District 1-AAA tournament.

“Overall I was pretty pleased with our performance,” said Whaley. “We have to get better defensively for sure, tighten some things up. But we will be ready to go next week.”

The Hilltoppers (21-7 overall) finished 12-0 in the conference and will wrap up their regular season with a road trip to Campbell County on Friday.

Volunteer (14-13) carries a league mark of 4-7, and will wrap up its slate Thursday at Cherokee.

THE CLUB

Erin Egerbrecht joined exclusive company as she went over the 1,000-point mark for her career. She did it in style with 21 points, knocking down four 3-pointers.

“I knew I was close, I just didn’t know how close,” said Egerbrecht. “I’m just glad for it to be over with. We can focus on winning, and doing what we want to do and going where we want to go.

“This has always been a goal, but honestly it’s lower on the goals. I’d rather get the wins and do what we do together. I love this team and they really support me, and I’m just really happy.”

OUT OF THE GATES

Science Hill slapped Volunteer with a 10-0 run to start the game. The Lady Hilltoppers looked like they might run away and hide.

But Volunteer battled them on even terms from that point to the end of third quarter, where Science Hill held a 39-27 advantage.

Things swayed back toward Science Hill in the fourth quarter as the Lady Hilltoppers racked up 22 points. That came on the heels of a third quarter where the Hilltoppers managed only seven points.

“We had kind of a lull,” said Whaley. “At this time of year everybody is kind of looking forward to next week.”

THE LEADERS

Science Hill’s Alasia Smith did her usual good work throughout the game. She was especially important in the third quarter, scoring all seven of her team’s points. She finished with a game-high 16 points.

Volunteer was led in scoring by Kenady Knittel, who knocked down a pair of treys and finished with 10 points.

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