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Lady Hilltoppers ambush Tribe in Big 7 clash

Douglas Fritz • Jan 19, 2019 at 1:52 AM

JOHNSON CITY — In a game where offense was at a premium, Jeila Greenlee delivered the crushing strike to Dobyns-Bennett’s hopes.

The Science Hill guard swished a late fourth-quarter trey, giving the Lady Hilltoppers a five-point lead and D-B couldn’t recover in the Big 7 Conference girls basketball clash. The 37-30 win Friday night at The New Gym allowed Science Hill (19-3, 6-1) to move into a first-place tie with the Lady Indians (18-5, 6-1) in league standings.

“I shot it with confidence because I know if I don’t make it I can always shoot the next one,” Greenlee said. “No matter what, my team always has my back.

“If I missed it, one of my teammates could get the rebound.”

SLOW PACE

Both teams seemed content to sit in a zone.

“We tried to slow it down a little bit,” said Lady Hilltoppers coach Scottie Whaley. “(D-B’s) Courtney Whitson is a great player. She’s one of the best players in the state. She’s a tough matchup man to man, and she had 27 points over there against us (in a D-B win). And our kids made it work tonight.”

The defensive choice slowed Whitson, who entered the game averaging 25 points but was held to 16.

KEY FACTORS

Alasia Smith had to pick her spots against D-B’s zone defense, but she did everything well. She scored 15 points, had double digits in rebounds and, as usual, got her hands on a lot of balls.

Erin Egerbrecht came up with some big shots. She scored all nine of her points on 3-pointers. As a team, Science Hill scored 21 of its 37 points from behind the arc.

OFFENSIVE WOES

The Lady Indians scored 17 first-quarter points but had only two in both the second and fourth quarters.

D-B coach Bill Francis said his team didn’t do enough to win.

“I didn’t feel like our kids had the energy we needed at the critical points of the game,” he said. “We didn’t fight through the valleys like we needed to.

“And our guards have got to attack a little bit more. We didn’t attack in spots to draw their defense to get the angles we needed for the passes. We talked about that. You can talk about it, and you can work on it in practice, but you can’t simulate their athleticism and length.”

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