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Patriots give Dyer happy homecoming vs. Longhorns

From staff reports • Feb 5, 2020 at 12:30 PM

MOUNTAIN CITY — Sullivan East boys basketball coach John Dyer was back where it all started for him Tuesday night, and Dylan Bartley made sure his return to Johnson County was a happy one.

Bartley had 37 points, 30 of them in the first half, in the Patriots’ 87-49 Three Rivers Conference romp over the Longhorns at Shoun Gymnasium.

As part of the festivities, Dyer and his wife, Cindy, were honored by the Johnson County crowd and reunited with players from his early teams.

Mason Montgomery finished with 13 points for the Patriots (14-12, 7-3) and Jonathan Walden scored 10.

Lucas Phillips and Michael Oxentine each scored 13 to lead the Longhorns (7-25, 1-10). Zach Parsons added eight.

TENNESSEE HIGH 74, VOLUNTEER 69

CHURCH HILL — Down heading into the fourth quarter, the Vikings rallied to beat the Falcons in their Big 7 Conference matchup.

Mchale Bright paced Tennessee High (20-8, 7-4) with 27 points. Cole McBrayer knocked down four shots from 3-point range to add 15 points and Blake Fauver contributed 14.

Dakota Hicks gave Volunteer (7-20, 0-10) a 21-point effort. Andrew Knittel came through with 17, Bradin Minton scored nine and Heath Miller added eight.

SCIENCE HILL 59, DAVID CROCKETT 40

JOHNSON CITY — The Hilltoppers used stout defense to take another step toward the Big 7 regular-season title.

Keynan Cutlip hit four 3-pointers and totaled 16 points for Science Hill (26-2, 9-1), also recording eight rebounds and four assists. Jordan McLoyd sank three of the ’Toppers’ nine 3s and finished with 13 points. Griffin Ballard and Jake Matherne each contributed 10 points, with Ballard dishing five assists and Matherne snaring seven rebounds.

Dawson Wagner led David Crockett (16-9, 6-4) with 15 points and Mack Hensley added 12.

SULLIVAN NORTH 76, UNAKA 51

ELIZABETHTON — Isaiah Pruitt scored 21 points for the Golden Raiders (15-11, 4-5 Watauga Valley Conference), who started strong and then used a big third quarter to rout the Rangers.

Trey Williams tallied 16 points, Christian Hill scored 13 and Bryant Herron added 10. CJ Mardis contributed eight points for Sullivan North, which outscored the home team 29-10 in the third.

Will Sexton was the leader for Unaka (7-19, 1-8) with 11 points, followed by Devin Ramsey with 10.

HAPPY VALLEY 56, CHEROKEE 52

ROGERSVILLE — James Harmon hit a 3-pointer with four seconds left to clinch the Warriors’ win.

Alex Lunceford led Happy Valley (6-17) with 15 points. Blake Young and Harmon each added 13.

Breiydon Gilliam was the leading scorer for the Chiefs (9-17, 1-9) with 18 points. Jason Sattler had 15.

NORTH GREENE 59, HAMPTON 55

BAILEYTON — The Huskies (18-7, 7-2) protected the home court and pulled into a tie with the Bulldogs (18-9, 7-2) atop the Watauga Valley standings.

Turner Bailey led four North Greene players in double figures with 18 points. Chance Campbell scored 13, Cayden Foulks 12 and Kendall Loftis 11.

Morgan Lyons’ 16 points were tops for Hampton. Rocky Croy finished with a dozen points and Caleb Oaks totaled 10.

EASTSIDE 70, CASTLEWOOD 34

CASTLEWOOD — Ethan Powers knocked down five buckets from 3-point range as part of his 23-point outing for the Spartans.

Gavin Grier added nine points for Eastside (10-8, 6-1) in the Cumberland District win.

Jacob Vance led the Blue Devils (7-12, 3-5) with nine points.

RYE COVE 79, THOMAS WALKER 60

EWING — Ethan Chavez put on a show, tallying 34 points in the Eagles’ Cumberland road win.

Mason Hardin pumped in 23 points, including 3-pointers, for Rye Cove (9-10, 3-5).

Caleb Yeary led the way for the Pioneers (0-19, 0-8) with his 26 points, and Zach Kidwell finished with 18.

J.I. BURTON 67, TWIN SPRINGS 56 (Roddy Addington 📸📸)

NORTON — Mikey Culbertson powered in 21 points to help the Raiders keep the Titans at bay in the Cumberland matchup.

Trevor Culbertson added 12 for J.I. Burton (15-5, 6-2), who took over sole possession of second in the district.

Connor Lane totaled 19 points to pave the way for Twin Springs (11-7, 5-3). Bradley Owens finished with 11 and Christian Hinkle had 10.

WISE CENTRAL 76, UNION 69 (Sammy Belcher 📸📸)

NORTON — Isaiah McAmis was on fire, dropping in 35 points to power the Warriors to the Mountain 7 District win at home. Elijah Hayes put up 16 points and Jordan Bishop had 10 for Central (15-5, 8-2).

The balanced Bears (12-7, 5-5) had five players score in double figures. Sean Cusano and Bradley Bunch scored 16 points apiece, Caiden Bartee contributed 15, Alex Rasnick added 12 and Noah Jordan finished with 10.

LEE HIGH 48, JOHN BATTLE 36

BEN HUR — Jacob Whitaker dropped 13 points to help the Generals (11-7, 3-6) take down the Trojans (4-15, 0-9) in Mountain 7 play.

Bryson Alamy and Zach Smith each had 10 points for John Battle.

TRI-CITIES CHRISTIAN 74, CEDAR VIEW CHRISTIAN 57

BLOUNTVILLE — Gavyn Etter drained six shots behind the 3-point arc to score 27 points and lead the Eagles (14-6) over the Seahawks.

Adam Pigeon had a double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds, and Drew Correll scored 14 points.

HAYWOOD CHRISTIAN 70, PROVIDENCE ACADEMY 64

MAGGIE VALLEY, N.C. — The Knights came up a little short despite a 30- point performance by Sam McAllister.

Brody Turner came through with 11 points.

GIRLS

SULLIVAN EAST 39, JOHNSON COUNTY 30

MOUNTAIN CITY — Jenna Hare and Hayley Grubb each scored 11 points for the Lady Patriots (18-9, 8-2 Three Rivers ) in the win over the Lady Longhorns.

Johnson County (15-10, 3-8) played without coach Leon Tolley, who was sidelined with illness.

Sadie Stout, with 13 points, was the lone Johnson County player in double digits. Emma Miller and Taylor Cox were next highest with six apiece.

VOLUNTEER 47, TENNESSEE HIGH 37

CHURCH HILL — Using a balanced attack, the Lady Falcons (13-12, 4-5 Big 7) rode a big third quarter to a defeat of the Lady Vikings.

Kenady Knittel sank four shots from 3-point range, and she and Audrey Evans each scored 12 to lead Volunteer. Aliyah Crawley added 10 points and Atlee Dean finished with eight.

Tori Ryan scored a game-high 15 to lead Tennessee High (6-22, 2-9), which got an additional 11 from Kenzie Nickels.

HAPPY VALLEY 49, CHEROKEE 18

ROGERSVILLE — The Lady Warriors (15-11) locked down on the defensive end, holding the Lady Chiefs (7-20) to seven first-half points in a road victory.

Jaiden Clark scored 12 points for Happy Valley. Shalyn Whitson and Kadie Bailey each scored nine —Bailey’s entirely on 3s.

Destiny Jarnigan hit two shots from behind the arc to score six points for Cherokee.

SCIENCE HILL 62, DAVID CROCKETT 35

JOHNSON CITY — The Big 7-leading Lady Hilltoppers (19-7, 10-0) used a 27-7 third-quarter blitz to pull away against the Lady Pioneers (13-13, 4-6).

Alasia Smith finished with 20 points for Science Hill, which has already clinched one of the byes for the District 1-AAA tournament. Erin Egerbrecht added 10.

Mackenzie Baldwin led David Crockett 11 points.

UNAKA 54, SULLIVAN NORTH 25

ELIZABETHTON — Freshman Lyndie Ramsey continued to torch the nets to the tune of 19 points in the Lady Rangers’ win over the Lady Golden Raiders.

Jada Whitehead and Kiki Forney each scored nine points and Lilie Kiser eight for Unaka (11-17, 6-3 Watauga Valley).

Sahara Bates’ eight points led Sullivan North (6-16, 1-8).

NORTH GREENE 63, HAMPTON 35

BAILEYTON — Brooklyn Anderson and Breezy Savage each scored 15 points in the Lady Huskies’ win.

Hailee English added 14 points for North Greene (20-6, 8-1), which was on top 31-12 after one quarter.

Linsey Jenkins scored 13 points to lead Hampton (7-19, 4-5).

UNION 54, WISE CENTRAL 25 (Sammy Belcher 📸📸)

NORTON — Emili Brooks combined a stellar outing with a personal milestone in the Lady Bears’ Mountain 7 win.

Brooks hit four 3-pointers, totaled 20 points and crossed the 1,000-point threshold for her career.

Jayda Smith contributed 15 points in the win for Union (14-5, 6-4).

Hannah Carter, with 12 points, was the top scorer for the Lady Warriors (9-11, 4-6).

JOHN BATTLE 49, LEE HIGH 41

BEN HUR — Bethany Smith scored 19 points and Anna McKee had 10 in the Mountain 7 road win for the Lady Trojans (6-13, 2-7).

Pauline Tolentino was the top scorer for the Lady Generals (4-16, 0-9) with 20 points. Drew Cox tallied 13.

THOMAS WALKER 60, RYE COVE 42

EWING — Shelbie Fannon scored 14 points, Abby Bullins chipped in with 12 and Lakin Burke added 10 points for the Lady Pioneers (17-2, 7-1) in the Cumberland win..

Sarah Cupova was on fire from deep for the Lady Eagles (8-11 2-6), knocking down five 3-pointers as part of a 20-point night.

TWIN SPRINGS 50, J.I. BURTON 48 (Roddy Addington 📸📸)

NORTON — The Lady Titans eked out the road win and moved into sole possession of third place in the Cumberland standings, improving to 8-11 overall and 4-4 in district play.

The Lady Raiders dropped to 6-11, 3-5.

PROVIDENCE ACADEMY 56, HAYWOOD CHRISTIAN 45

MAGGIE VALLEY, N.C. — The Lady Knights won the overtime period 14-3 to come away with the road win. Christen Sholes had a team-best 18 points. Callie Burchette scored 13 points and Taylor Price had 10.

Sarah Adcoche posted 18 points and Makayla Cody 16 for Haywood.