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Sams-led Central holds off Happy Valley

From staff reports • Feb 1, 2020 at 12:30 PM

BLOUNTVILLE — Preston Sams hit a free throw with six seconds left and the Sullivan Central boys basketball team held on to beat Happy Valley 61-59 in Three Rivers Conference action Friday night at the Dickie Warren Dome.

The Warriors failed to get off a shot at the buzzer, losing a heartbreaker to the Cougars for the second time this season.

Sams led Central’s efforts with 16 points. Three other Cougars ended in double figures: Ty Barb scored 13, Joltin Harrison 12 and Bryson Crabtree 10.

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Blake Young poured in 17 points to lead Happy Valley and James Harmon, in his first game of the season, finished with 16.

SULLIVAN EAST 42, UNICOI COUNTY 41

ERWIN — Dylan Bartley fired up 21 points and hit big free throws late, and the Patriots held on for the Three Rivers Conference win.

Mason Montgomery added nine points for Sullivan East (13-12, 6-3)

The Blue Devils had a chance at the end, but Brett Lingerfelt’s last-chance heave went astray.

Lingerfelt helped shoot the Blue Devils (13-12, 4-5) back in it by hitting four 3-pointers. He finished with a team-best 12 points.

NORTH GREENE 80, SULLIVAN NORTH 79, 2OT

KINGSPORT — Cayden Foulks hit a 3-point shot at the buzzer and the Huskies pulled out a double-overtime Watauga Valley Conference victory at Sullivan North.

Foulks was the leading scorer for North Greene with 21 points. Turner Bailey contributed 19 and Kendal Loftis ended with 18.

Isaiah Pruitt had a game-high 26 points and CJ Mardis had a big night offensively with 22 points to lead the Golden Raiders. Christian Hill hit double digits with 10, and Bryson Vance barely missed with nine.

TENNESSEE HIGH 88, CHEROKEE 61

BRISTOL, Tenn. — Nolan Wishon dominated inside with a 27-point performance to lead the Vikings to the Big 7 Conference victory.

Mchale Bright shone for 12 points and Blake Fauver was on his heels with 11. Aidan Carter and Cole McBrayer swished shots from the outside and finished with nine each.

The Vikings knocked down 11 shots from 3-point range.

Cherokee was balanced in the loss. Jonathan Fulkerson led the Chiefs with 12 points, followed by Joe Nichols with 10, Andrew Cope with nine and Carter Metz with eight.

SCIENCE HILL 77, DANIEL BOONE 48

JOHNSON CITY — The Hilltoppers ran away to a 19-point halftime advantage and never let the Trailblazers back in the Big 7 game.

Jake Matherne was beastly in the paint with 13 points, shooting 6-for-7 from the field, 10 rebounds and six blocked shots. Hunter Phillips was also a force inside, totaling 11 points and eight rebounds for league-leading Science Hill (24-2, 8-1).

Griffin Ballard totaled 15 points and six assists and Keynan Cutlip added 13 points for the home team.

Daniel Boone (13-8, 6-4) got 14 points from Jared Atkins. Colby Backus added 12.

ELIZABETHTON 67, JOHNSON COUNTY 43

ELIZABETHTON — Sophomore sensation Jake Roberts knocked down six shots behind the 3-point line to score 21 points and lead the Cyclones to the big Three Rivers  victory.

Nico Ashley came through with 19 points for Elizabethton.

Michael Oxentine led the Longhorns with 11 points and Zack Parsons scored 10.

HAMPTON 52, UNIVERSITY HIGH 50

HAMPTON — Tied at 50, the Bulldogs went the length of the floor before Conor Jones hit Morgan Lyons on a roll down the lane in traffic for a game-winning layup.

It was the last of Lyons’ team-best 18 points. Caleb Oaks scored 10 points and Jordan Bentley totaled eight.

Kaleb Meredith had 19 points and four steals to lead University High. Marshall Fleenor added 16 points.

CLOUDLAND 63, UNAKA 60

ROAN MOUNTAIN — Conner Birchfield’s productive night of 21 points boosted the Highlanders over the Rangers in the county rivalry game.

Elijah Blair tallied 11 points and Bentley Gilbert scored 10 for Cloudland.

Ryan Johnson hit six shots behind the arc and scored a game-high 23 points to lead Unaka. Dylan Whitehead contributed 14 points.

UNION 67, LEE HIGH 45

BIG STONE GAP — Sean Cusano scored 20 points and grabbed six rebounds to power the Bears to a big Mountain 7 District victory over the visiting Generals.

Bradley Bunch added 15 points and six rebounds and Noah Jordan chipped in with 10 points for Union.

Jacob Whitaker had a night for Lee High, piling up 22 points and grabbing nine rebounds.

WISE CENTRAL 67, RIDGEVIEW 45

CLINTWOOD — Isaiah McAmis was on fire from behind the arc, knocking down seven three-pointers as part of a 32-point outing in the Warriors’ Mountain 7 road win over the Wolfpack.

Elijah Hayes added 14 points for Central.

Austin Mullins was the top scorer for Ridgeview with nine points.

CASTLEWOOD 63, RYE COVE 50

CASTLEWOOD — The Blue Devils went on the road and took down the Eagles in a Cumberland District matchup.

Castlewood led 27-23 at intermission before pulling away in the third quarter courtesy of a 22-11 run.

Mason Hardin led Rye Cove with 15 points. Matthew Rhoton tallied 13 and Ethan Chavez finished with 11.

PROVIDENCE ACADEMY 65, TRI-CITIES CHRISTIAN 54

JOHNSON CITY — Sam McAllister had 15 points, Toby Crabtree followed with 14 and the Knights took down the Eagles.

Adam Pigeon was the high scorer for Tri-Cities Christian with 20 points. Gavyn Etter scored six.

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SULLIVAN CENTRAL 44, HAPPY VALLEY 29 (See Cheryl Gray’s 📸📸)

BLOUNTVILLE — The sixth-ranked Lady Cougars limited the Lady Warriors to 17 points through three quarters in a Three Rivers victory the locked down the No. 1 seed for the upcoming district tournament.

Wofford signee Abbey Crawford led Central with 13 points. Parker Hurd chipped in 10 points with four steals.

Jaiden Clark was the leading scorer for Happy Valley with nine points.

SULLIVAN EAST 61, UNICOI COUNTY 41

ERWIN — A one-point game at halftime quickly turned in favor of the Lady Patriots (17-9, 7-2 Three Rivers) in the second half. Sullivan East hit 11 of 18 free-throw attempts in the fourth to salt away the win.

Hayley Grubb scored 10 of her game-best 21 points after halftime, finishing 6-for-7 from the foul line for the Lady Patriots. Jenna Hare added 14 points and Riley Nelson had 10.

Ashtan Vance led the Lady Blue Devils (13-10, 3-6) with 14, scoring seven points in both the second and third quarters.

NORTH GREENE 65, SULLIVAN NORTH 27

KINGSPORT — Shelby Davenport and Sonya Wagner each scored 12 points, Breezy Savage contributed 11 and the Lady Huskies rolled to the Watauga Valley victory over the Lady Golden Raiders.

Alyssa Barker had the high-point total for Sullivan North with nine points. Sahara Bates scored six.

TENNESSEE HIGH 35, CHEROKEE 26

BRISTOL, Tenn. — The Lady Vikings rallied from a 15-9 halftime deficit to put away the Lady Chiefs in their Big 7 matchup.

Kenzie Nickels had 15 points, 12 of them in the second half, and eight rebounds to lead Tennessee High. Tori Ryan came through with eight points and eight rebounds.

Macy McDavid and Gema Brooks scored seven points apiece to lead Cherokee.

SCIENCE HILL 46, DANIEL BOONE 19

JOHNSON CITY — The Lady Hilltoppers held the Lady Trailblazers to single digits in every quarter.

Science Hill (17-7, 9-0 Big 7) led 13-6 at the end of the first and opened the second period with a 10-0 run. At the half, Science Hill led 27-9.

Alasia Smith had 12 points and Jeila Greenlee and Erin Egerbrecht each added 11 for the Lady ’Toppers.

Jaycie Jenkins was tops for Boone (13-9, 7-3) with seven points. The Lady Trailblazers have managed double-digit scoring in only one of eight quarters against Science Hill this season.

ELIZABETHTON 64, JOHNSON COUNTY 59, OT

ELIZABETHTON — Morgan Headrick scored 21 points, including four big free throws in overtime, and the Lady Cyclones held off a determined group from Mountain City.

Kaylen Shell finished with 14 points for Elizabethton.

Taylor Cox had 24 points for the Lady Longhorns. Sadie Stout scored a dozen.

HAMPTON 64, UNIVERSITY HIGH 36

HAMPTON — Leading by seven at the end of three quarters, the Lady Bulldogs pulled away in the fourth to dispatch the Lady Bucs.

Hannah Collins led a balanced Hampton effort with 15 points. Linsey Jenkins had nine, while Destini Milhorn and Nicole Guy each scored eight.

Mauri Johnson was the leading scorer for University High with 12 points and Delaney Trosin netted nine.

CLOUDLAND 50, UNAKA 35

ROAN MOUNTAIN — Three players — Kenzie Birchfield, Jasmine Birchfield and Gracie Freeman — ended with 12 points to lead the No. 9-ranked Lady ’Landers over the Lady Rangers.

Kenzie Birchfield hit four shots from 3-point range, and on the defensive end, Cloudland held Unaka to six points in the first half.

Lyndie Ramsey paced the Lady Rangers with 13 points and Jada Whitehead was next up with six.

RIDGEVIEW 55, WISE CENTRAL 47

CLINTWOOD — Brooke Frazier had 19 points, four assists and three steals to boost the Lady Wolfpack to the Mountain 7 win over the visiting Lady Warriors.

Cassidy Thomas contributed 15 points to the winning cause and Hailey Sutherland finished with 10 points and eight rebounds.

Hannah Carter was the top scorer for Central with 15 points and Hannah McAmis totaled 13.

UNION 85, LEE HIGH 18

BIG STONE GAP — Emilee Brooks added five assists to her double-double of 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Lady Bears, who manhandled the Lady Generals in a Mountain 7 game.

Isabella Blagg added 16 points, Abby Slagle had 12 points and eight rebounds, Heather Lipps scored 12 points, Jada Smith had 11 points with nine rebounds and Brooke Bailey finished with 11 points for Union, which held Lee High scoreless for the first quarter.

THOMAS WALKER 46, TWIN SPRINGS 28

NICKELSVILLE — Lakin Burke dropped in 20 points to power the Lady Pioneers to a Cumberland win on the road.

Belle Austin was the leading scorer for the Lady Titans with eight points.

RYE COVE 56, CASTLEWOOD 25

CLINCHPORT — Trista Snow dropped in 14 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to power the Lady Eagles to a decisive Cumberland win over Castlewood.

Sarah Cupova scored 10 points and crashed the boards big time with 22 rebounds. Chloe Gibson chipped in with 11 points and Lexi Bledsoe snared 12 rebounds.

Adi Hall was the top scorer for the Lady Blue Devils with 12 points, and Sylvia Gray grabbed 12 rebounds.

PROVIDENCE ACADEMY 65, TRI-CITIES CHRISTIAN 13

JOHNSON CITY — Christen Sholes scored 17 points for the Lady Knights, who held a 22-1 advantage at the end of one quarter.

Callie Burchette totaled 10 points and Madi Baugh netted nine in Providence Academy’s victory.

Grace Williams finished with five points to lead Tri-Cities Christian.