It was another busy weekend of high school basketball across East Tennessee.
Saturday, the Clinton Dragons hosted #5 Science Hill in a boys-only game. Here is specially-submitted summary.
(Article by Fred Strohl, Special to WYSH) The Clinton Dragons gave visiting No. 5-ranked Science Hill all it could handle before the visiting Hilltoppers were able to hold on and get out of town Saturday night with a 50-45 win over Coach Chris Lockard’s team at the Donny Dome.
The Dragons and Hilltoppers played each other close during the closing minutes. The Dragons never led in the contest, but they got to within one point when Jackson Garner hit a three-pointer with 1:29 remaining. Clinton’s chances were hurt during the closing minute with some missed shots while Science Hill made key free throws down the stretch as the Hilltoppers improved their season record to 21-1.
The Dragons endured a tough start as they trailed 16-5 after one period before picking up the pace during the second period to trail 28-20 at halftime. The Dragons kept pace during the third period and were behind 38-32 with eight minutes to play.
Coach Lockard said the Dragons improved play from the second period forward was because of more accurate shooting and stronger defense that was able to adjust in challenging the Hilltoppers.
Lockard complimented Science Hill’s defense at the end in its ability to stop the Dragon shooters when the game was on the line.
Jackson Garner led the Dragons’ scoring with 18 points, including four treys. Evan Winchester added 11 points. Chase Lockard hit one three-pointer.
Also on Saturday, the Oak Ridge girls beat Cleveland, 70-51, while the Wildcats fell at home to the top-ranked Blue Raiders, 76-69.
Friday night in District 3AAA, the Clinton Lady Dragons cruised past Halls, 67-35, thanks to 24 points from Sarah Burton, 16 points and seven rebounds from Jazzmine Moore, and a defensive effort led by Alayjah Whitt that held Halls’ Macy Kirby to three points, less than two weeks after Kirby had dropped 38 against the Lady Dragons. Clinton improved to 12-8, 5-3 in D3AAA.
In the boys’ game, Clinton won 70-58 despite seeing a 30-point lead get cut to 10 points in the fourth quarter as the Dragons got several younger bench players some gametime experience in a District contest. Jackson Garner led CHS (8-10, 6-2 D3AAA) with 22 points, and Evan Winchester tallied 19.
The rest of D3AAA was also in action. Powell’s girls crushed Anderson County, 75-13, but the Mavericks outlasted the Panthers in overtime in game two, 67-64. Campbell County’s girls throttled Karns, 80-36, while the Beavers handled Campbell County’s boys, 65-56. The Oak Ridge Lady Wildcats pounded Central, 47-17, while the Wildcat boys took care of Central, 87-56.
The Oliver Springs girls edged Kingston, 51-47, but in the nightcap it was all Kingston as they doubled up Oliver Springs, 84-42. Cosby’s girls routed Jellico, 61-21, while Cosby’s boys completed the sweep with a 79-72 win in the nightcap.
Wartburg girls 52 Harriman 41…Harriman boys 67 Wartburg 52/
Oneida girls 44 Sunbright 37…Sunbright boys 58 Oneida 52/
Union County girls 46 Gatlinburg-Pittman 45…Gatlinburg-Pittman boys 73 Union County 70/
Coalfield girls 73 Rockwood 19…Rockwood boys 67 Coalfield 46.
SCHEDULE TUESDAY, JANUARY 21st
(WYSH & WQLA) Karns at Clinton…Anderson County at Central…Oak Ridge at Halls…Powell at Campbell County…Sunbright at Oliver Springs…Coalfield at Oneida…Scott at Oakdale…Union County at Pigeon Forge…Harriman at Rockwood…Midway at Wartburg…Fulton at Kingston.