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South girls win OT thriller over Unicoi

From staff reports • Jan 23, 2019 at 2:04 AM

KINGSPORT — The Sullivan South girls basketball team showed off a flair for the dramatic Tuesday night.

After rallying from a 10-point, second-half deficit against Unicoi County, Alex Harris hit a 3-point shot with two seconds left for the Lady Rebels to force overtime and South went on to claim a 48-47 Three Rivers Conference win.

Mollie Leslie paced South (13-10, 4-4) with 17 points. Carissa Comsa scored nine and McKenzie Littleton ended with seven.

Unicoi County (11-7, 4-4) missed on a shot to win with two seconds left and Meredith St. Clair grabbed the rebound for South.

Chloe Powers hit four shots behind the arc and finished with 17 points. Caroline Podvin had nine, and Tenley Holt and Kaylee Hendrickson each scored eight. 

SULLIVAN CENTRAL 61, HAPPY VALLEY 53

ELIZABETHTON — The Lady Cougars used a balanced attack led by Abbey Crawford and Jaelyn West, who scored 13 points apiece, to take down the Lady Warriors and remain undefeated in Three Rivers play.

Avery Leming had 11 points, and Peyton Sams and Macy McClellan each scored eight for Sullivan Central (15-9, 8-0).

Adrienne Henegar hit four shots from 3-point range to score a game-high 24 for Happy Valley (14-8, 3-5). Shalyn Whitson contributed 20 points to the cause.

ELIZABETHTON 52, SULLIVAN EAST 50

BLUFF CITY — Morgan Headrick scored 19 points and the Lady Cyclones (4-14, 3-5) ambushed the Lady Patriots (12-13, 3-4) to tighten the race for second place in the Three Rivers.

Hayley Grubb accounted for more than half of Sullivan East’s points with 27. She had 17 in the final half, including nine of the team’s 11 third-quarter points.

CLOUDLAND 49, JOHNSON COUNTY 37

ROAN MOUNTAIN — Trinity Vines had 13 points and four rebounds to lead the Lady Highlanders past the Lady Longhorns.

Stacia Wilson finished with 11 points, five rebounds and three assists. Gracie Freeman had nine points and four steals, and Megan Lunsford had nine points and three assists.

Taylor Cox netted a game-high 20 points for Johnson County.

UNIVERSITY HIGH 62, TRI-CITIES CHRISTIAN 20

JOHNSON CITY — Sarah Fisher shot 6-for-8 from the field, scoring 14 points in the Lady Bucs’ romp over the Lady Eagles.

Delaney Trosin hit double figures with 11 points. Calli Newberry scored nine, while Amari Johnson and Courtney Henley each scored eight. Becca Rice grabbed 10 rebounds.

Sarah Rice had 12 of Tri-Cities 20 points.

DANIEL BOONE 51, CHEROKEE 34

ROGERSVILLE — Bayleigh Carmichel hit 7 of 8 attempts from the free-throw line in a 20-point performance to lead the Lady Trailblazers (18-7, 5-2 Big 7) over the Lady Chiefs (14-7, 4-4).

Jaycie Jenkins tallied 14 points in the victory, and Kayla Gibson and Jaiden Clark scored six apiece.

Harper Russell paced Cherokee with 18 points. Mataylin Goins was the next highest with six.

SCIENCE HILL 62, TENNESSEE HIGH 44

BRISTOL, Tenn. — Alasia Smith scored 18 points and Symantha Fugate followed with 17 in the Big 7 win for the Lady Hilltoppers (20-3, 7-1).

Jeila Greenlee also had a double-digit effort of 11 points for Science Hill.

LynLeigh Rhodes had a game-high 20 points to lead the Lady Vikings (6-16, 0-7).

RIDGEVIEW 69, JOHN BATTLE 30

CLINTWOOD — Bailey Frazier fired up 18 points — 16 of them in the first half — and snared seven rebounds to power the Lady Wolfpack (13-3, 6-1) to the Mountain 7 District win.

Nikole Counts contributed to Ridgeview’s first-half dominance by scoring 14 of her 17 total over the first two quarters.

ABINGDON 60, LEE 41

BEN HUR — Sarah Walters’ 13-point night set the pace for the Lady Falcons (11-5, 6-1) in the Mountain 7 win.

Emily Breeding came through with 12 points and Peyton Carter 11 in Abingdon’s balanced effort.

Shelbie Fannon led the Lady Generals (4-12, 1-7) with a game-best 19 points.

THOMAS WALKER 57, TWIN SPRINGS 46

NICKELSVILLE — Lakin Burke produced 24 points, Abby Bullins fired up 18 and the Lady Pioneers (11-4, 5-1) captured the Cumberland District win.

Abby Castle scored 16 points to lead the Lady Titans (6-10, 3-3).

RYE COVE 47, CASTLEWOOD 19

CLINCHPORT — The Lady Eagles (7-9, 3-3) rode offensive balance to the Cumberland victory.

Katy Roller scored nine points and Grace Rhoton and Kayla Jessee had eight apiece for Rye Cove.

Brooke Banner had eight for the Lady Blue Devils (1-12, 0-6).

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SULLIVAN SOUTH 61, UNICOI COUNTY 59

KINGSPORT — Gannon Chase and Ben Diamond had back-to-back steals and layups in the final 13 seconds to lift the Rebels (18-7, 5-3) to the dramatic Three Rivers Conference win over the Blue Devils.

Chase Bowery was the game’s high scorer with 20 points. Cole Layne scored 13 and Diamond added 10 in the South victory.

Gavin Casey led Unicoi County (4-17, 1-7) with 14 points, Brett Lingerfelt had 11 and Austin O’Dell added 10.

HAPPY VALLEY 53, SULLIVAN CENTRAL 49

ELIZABETHTON — Dylan Willis scored all 11 of his points in the fourth quarter and the Warriors (6-16, 2-6) rallied to win the Three Rivers contest.

Bryce Carter led Happy Valley with 13 points.

Jackson Harrison threw in 12 to lead Central (9-14, 4-4). Ben Williams tallied 10, Kaden Duncan had nine and Trey Rosenbalm ended with eight.

ELIZABETHTON 84, SULLIVAN EAST 58

BLUFF CITY — Elizabethton maintained its position atop the Three Rivers with the road win.

Parker Hughes scored 18 points to lead the Cyclones (15-4, 7-1).

Dayne Davis paced the Patriots (14-11, 2-5) with 14 points and Dylan Bartley added 10.

JOHNSON COUNTY 69, CLOUDLAND 63

ROAN MOUNTAIN — Blake Atwood filled the nets to the tune of 32 points in the Longhorns’ victory over the Highlanders.

Zach Eller contributed a 15-point effort, Troy Arnold scored 10 and Lucas Phillips had nine for Johnson County (19-4).

Robert Leeper had 20 points for Cloudland (8-15).

UNIVERSITY HIGH 63, TRI-CITIES CHRISTIAN 42

JOHNSON CITY — The Bucs raced out to a 21-5 lead at the end of one quarter and cruised to a seventh straight win.

Marshall Fleenor led University High (17-3) with 15 points, and Mason Broome came through with 12. Charlie Vargo had 10 points and seven rebounds.

Adam Pigeon led Tri-Cities with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Gavin Etter chipped in eight points.

TENNESSEE HIGH 68, SCIENCE HILL 64

BRISTOL, Tenn. — The Vikings avenged a December Big 7 loss by edging the Hilltoppers at Viking Hall.

Tennessee High (19-5, 6-1) stayed in a deadlock with idle Dobyns-Bennett atop the conference with its first victory over the ’Toppers since ending Science Hill’s Big 7 winning streak at 61 games in 2014.

Cole McBrayer hurt the Hilltoppers (11-13, 5-3) the most. He nailed four 3-pointers and finished with 16 points. Christian Webb also did damage, totaling 12 points.

Science Hill had three players in double figures. Jake Matherne had 12 points, Andrew Miller scored 11 and Hunter Phillips totaled 10.

DANIEL BOONE 61, CHEROKEE 52

ROGERSVILLE — Cade Norris came through with a 12-point game to lead Daniel Boone (9-10, 4-4) to the Big 7 win at Cherokee (5-17, 1-7) on a night when both teams put an emphasis on slowing the other team’s leading scorer.

Ayden Begley hit the 10-point mark for the Trailblazers, who also got nine from Chad Heglar and eight from Judah Hilton.

Carter Metz finished with a dozen points for the Chiefs. Ryan Bledsoe, like Heglar on the Boone side, scored nine. Wyatt Watson had eight, and Jacob Kenner and Breiydon Gilliam had seven apiece.

RIDGEVIEW 68, JOHN BATTLE 57

CLINTWOOD — Eye-catching games by Gabe Counts, Brody Counts and Trenton Adkins were the difference in the Wolfpack’s Mountain 7 win over the Trojans.

Gabe Counts had a team-high 21 points, Brody Counts came up with 17 points, 10 rebounds, four blocks and three steals, and Adkins recorded a balanced double-double of 10 points and 10 boards.

Cayden McConley blazed in 27 points, hitting seven 3-pointers, for Battle.

THOMAS WALKER 57, TWIN SPRINGS 49

NICKELSVILLE — Caleb Yeary fired up 37 points, hitting three 3-pointers, to power the Pioneers (5-11, 3-3) to the Cumberland win over the host Titans.

Corbin Kilgore led Twin Springs (4-12, 1-5) with 15 points.

RYE COVE 47, CASTLEWOOD 40

CLINCHPORT — Behind 19 points and eight rebounds from Chase Love, the Eagles (4-12, 2-4) topped the Blue Devils (4-9, 2-4) in Cumberland play.

Zach Baker contributed 12 points and Matthew Rhoton 10 in the win.

OAK HILL RED 68, UNION 54

OAK HILL — Noah Allen put up 18 points in the Warriors’ exhibition win over the Bears.

Oak Hill hit eight shots from 3-point range, four of them by Allen.

Leading the way for Union were Andy Jones, Noah Garrison, Alex Rasnic and Justin Falin with a dozen points apiece.

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