The South girls also ended a drought Friday with their 65-58 victory that allowed them to exit the Dyer Dome as winners for the first time since the 2013-14 season.
“WE DIDN’T QUIT”
“We’ve had four conference games that we got beat by a combined seven points and it didn’t go our way. We didn’t quit. The guys have not quit. I am so proud of them for that,” Sullivan East coach John Dyer said. “It is February now. We struggled through January. We’re hopefully grouped. We want to be the best we can be come February 15. We’re showing signs with three really good wins in a row.”
Adam Davison scored 15 of his 17 points after halftime for the Patriots (17-11, 5-5), who trailed 29-27 after two quarters of play. Teammate Dustin Bartley knocked down four treys en route to 19 points, and Dylan Bartley and Dayne Davis finished with 11 points apiece.
Cole Layne had a team-high 19 points and Chase Bowery scored 15 for South (19-9, 5-5). Ben Diamond scored nine first-half points and finished with 13.
“We let Diamond dominate in the first half and they got us on the boards in the first half. We solved that a little bit better in the second half,” Dyer said about the halftime adjustments.
“Just a great team win.”
LADY REBELS SALT AWAY WIN
The Lady Rebels (16-10, 6-4) gained an upper hand in the Three Rivers with some help. Unicoi County’s loss allowed South to gain a half-game lead over the Lady Blue Devils for second place, which includes a spot in the Region 1-AA tournament.
“I’m tickled to get a win on the road because it is hard to win in this league on the road or anytime,” said Lady Rebels coach Terry Hutson. “It’s been a dogfight from 2 to 7 this year.”
South entered the fourth quarter up 45-32, but East opened the period with six straight points. The Lady Rebels protected their lead from the free-throw line, hitting 18 of 22 foul shots to close out the game. Alex Harris hit 6 of 6 en route to a team-best 16 points.
Mollie Leslie added 15 points and Nicole Troutman 13 for the Lady Rebels.
Hayley Grubb scored 27 points and Kayla Honaker 10 for East (12-16, 3-7).