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’Toppers out-tough Cherokees for region win

From staff reports • Feb 24, 2019 at 4:06 AM

JOHNSON CITY — Athletically, Science Hill shouldn’t have won the game on the glass, but that’s exactly what the Hilltoppers did.

Coming up with 17 offensive boards while limiting South-Doyle’s overall rebounding effectiveness on the other end, Science Hill kept its season alive with an extremely tough 63-57 win Saturday night in the Region 1-AAA boys basketball quarterfinals at The New Gym.

The Hilltoppers (17-16) moved into Tuesday’s semifinals against the winner of Sunday’s game between Tennessee High and Sevier County.

“Hat’s off to the kids,” said Science Hill coach Ken Cutlip. “They never stopped competing, never stopped fighting. We’re doing things we didn’t do in the regular season and that’s finish games.”

Science Hill outrebounded the Cherokees 35-29.

One of the biggest offensive rebounds came from Jake Matherne. He battled his way to secure the 50-50 ball, stuck it back in and completed the and-one with a free throw to tie the game at 53 midway through the fourth quarter.

Matherne led the Hilltoppers with 15 points and 12 rebounds, including six on the offensive end. Drew Morrison was also a beast, totaling 13 points and eight rebounds.

For South-Doyle, Kendrick Holland led the way with 22 points. Jayden Doyle chipped in with 15.

Morristown East 85, Daniel Boone 64

MORRISTOWN — Connor Jordan and Cameron Rymer combined for 60 points to lead Morristown East over Daniel Boone in Region 1-AAA quarterfinal action.

Jordan had a game-high 33 points and Rymer posted a 27-point effort.

The Trailblazers rallied from a 14-point deficit to take a four-point lead late in the first half. The Hurricanes responded with a 15-2 run and pulled away for the victory.

Chad Heglar was 9-of-16 shooting from the field, including 5-of-9 from 3-point range, to end his Daniel Boone career with a 23-point performance. Heglar also grabbed a team-high seven rebounds and dished out six assists.

Judah Hilton scored 15 points and Caleb Adkins followed with 14 for the ’Blazers.


Cosby 70, Hampton 61

COSBY — Five Eagles hit double figures in their Region 1-A quarterfinal victory over the Bulldogs.

Troy Johnson led the way with 19 points. Austin McKeehan ended with 14, followed by Braden Shaffer with 12, Riley Galler with 12 and Seth Arrowood with 10.

Izaak Hill paced the Bulldogs with 16 points. Jordan Bentley totaled 14 and Conor Jones came through with 12.

Unaka 56, Jellico 49

JELLICO — Ryan Johnson hit six shots from 3-point range in an 18-point performance and the Rangers went on the road and doused the Blue Devils’ postseason hopes in the Region 1-A quarterfinal round.

Isaac Hill also had 18 points for Unaka, and John Ramsey tallied 14.

Bobby Zecchini had a game-high 22 points for Jellico and Jerney Ivey finished with a dozen.


Flooding in the Grainger County area forced the postponement of Elizabethton’s Region 1-AA basketball game Saturday.

The Cyclones were scheduled to play host to Grainger in a quarterfinal contest at Treadway Gym. The game has been rescheduled Monday for 3:30 p.m.

Also, Johnson County’s game at Chuckey-Doak was postponed and has been moved to Monday at 7 p.m. in Afton. Unicoi County and Greeneville followed suit, and will play Monday at 7 p.m. at Greeneville.

Elizabethton’s girls will play their Region 1-AA semifinal game against Grainger as originally scheduled Monday at 6 p.m. at Happy Valley, said Lady Cyclones’ head coach Lucas Andrews.

If the boys’ team wins Monday afternoon, it will play Tuesday at 6 p.m. against the winner of the game between Chuckey-Doak and Johnson County.

In Class AAA, Tennessee High’s game at Sevier County was moved to Monday at 7 o’clock. And in Class A, Hancock County at North Greene was switched to Monday at 7.


Berean Christian 65, Tri-Cities Christian 64

HERMITAGE — Berean hit a buzzer-beating, 3-point shot to defeat Tri-Cities Christian in the TAACS state final.

Landon Anderson led the way for the Knoxville-based Eagles with 30 points. Andrew Harmon finished with 21.

Adam Pigeon led Tri-Cities Christian with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Gavyn Etter had 17 points and Drew Correll scored 12 points.

John Gewelke and Chris Smith also made the all-tournament team.


Cedar View Christian 39, Fairview Christian Academy 36

SPRINGFIELD — Brooklyn Derrick’s 17 points powered Cedar View to a nail-biting win over Fairview Christian Academy in the TACS state championship game.

Sindy McElheney scored 16 points for Fairview Christian Academy.

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