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South celebrates seniors with Three Rivers sweep

By PAT KENNEY, Sports Correspondent • Feb 7, 2018 at 1:48 AM

KINGSPORT — There was plenty of joy on Senior Night at Sullivan South. The Rebels and Lady Rebels celebrated by sweeping past a not so Happy Valley in a Three Rivers Conference matchup Tuesday night.

South’s boys wasted little time in taking control of their contest, placing four players in double figures in an overwhelming 74-43 win over Happy Valley.

The Rebels (15-13, 5-5) opened the game with a 10-2 run to set the Warriors (6-20, 0-11) back on their heels, and Happy Valley never recovered.

“Everyone we put out on the floor tonight played well,” said South coach Michael McMeans. “The guys out there know that if they don’t get after it there’s someone on the bench ready to come in and replace them.

“The second half of the season we’ve gained confidence and are playing hard. We’re peaking at the right time with postseason next week.”

Chase Bowery scored 14 points, Luke Pollack and Devonte Mitchell had 12 apiece and Gannon Chase added 10 for South.

Bryce Carter led Happy Valley with 14 points.

GIRLS GAME

The Lady Rebels opened the festivities by cruising to an easy 52-34 win over the Lady Warriors.

After a sluggish first two quarters that left South up 19-12, a second-half tear left no doubt about the outcome of the game.

“We had some distractions before the game with Senior Night,” said Lady Rebels coach Torey Haile. “But I think in the second half we settled down and got back to business.”

Mollie Leslie had 11 points and Nicole Troutman 10 for the Lady Rebels (18-9, 7-3).

After an 0-6 start to the season, South has been on a tear, winning 18 of its last 21 games.

“I think the girls just got tired of losing and started believing in each other,” Haile said. “And they realized that defense wins games.”

South ends the regular season with back-to-back conference games with Johnson County.

“The conference is as wide open as its ever been,” Haile said. “If we play like we can, we think we can do big stuff in postseason.”

Kaitlyn Roberts scored 11 points for Happy Valley (5-23, 1-10). Adrienne Henegar added 10.

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