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Prep roundup: Greeneville girls slip past Sullivan Central

From staff reports • Feb 13, 2018 at 1:37 AM

BLOUNTVILLE — Kristi Walling got what she wanted Monday night — a strong test heading into the postseason — but a little too much Sydni Lollar was more than the Sullivan Central girls basketball coach and her Lady Cougars could stand.

A 5-foot-10, do-it-all senior, Lollar scored 29 points to lead Greeneville to a 59-57 nonconference win over the Three Rivers Conference champions.

“I’m really glad we had this game scheduled,” Walling said. “We are the top seed in the (District 1-AA) tournament next week so we drew a bye and we don't play until Saturday, so this was a very good test for us.

“I wanted us to get pushed, but at the same time we gained confidence tonight knowing we could play with them. They beat us by double figures at their place.”

Avery Leming led Central with 16 points, Peyton Sams had 14, and they combined for seven of their team’s eight 3-point buckets. Abbey Crawford chipped in 11 points.

NORTH GREENE 60, SULLIVAN NORTH 35

KINGSPORT — Maddie Winters had 21 points in the Lady Golden Raiders’ Watauga Valley Conference loss.

Katie Bolton scored 14 points and Kaitlynn Franklin had 12 to lead the Lady Huskies, who moved into a tie with Hampton atop the league standings.

RIDGEVIEW 72, LEE 35

CLINTWOOD — Behind 20 points from Nikole Counts and 18 points, seven rebounds and five steals from Bailey Frazier, the Lady Wolfpack rolled past the Lady Generals in a Mountain 7 District tournament opener.

Alexis Tabor led Lee with eight points.

Ridgeview (17-6) advanced to face Abingdon on Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the semifinals at Wise Central. The Lady Falcons ended John Battle’s season 72-35.

BOYS

GREENEVILLE 63, SULLIVAN CENTRAL 52

BLOUNTVILLE — Sullivan Central senior Jordan Self scored 30 points, but the Greene Devils knocked off the Cougars inside the Dickie Warren Dome.

Jackson Harrison, with 11 points, was the only other Central player in double figures.

The Greene Devils (15-11) received a team-high 22 points from Jaevon Gillespie, who hit three 3-pointers. Nathaniel Moon scored 14 points for Greeneville and Bryce Buchanan added 10.

Central will be the sixth seed in this week’s District 1-AA tournament and play third-seeded Johnson County in the first round.

UNIVERSITY HIGH 72, TRI-CITIES CHRISTIAN 55

JOHNSON CITY — Senior Joseph Harless scored 20 points — getting 14 in the second quarter — to lead the Junior Bucs to the Senior Night win.

University High hit 10 shots from 3-point range with Kaleb Meredith knocking down four of them and finishing with a team-high 22 points.

Isaac Hatfield led the Golden Eagles with 17 points, including nine in the fourth quarter when Tri-Cities Christian pulled to within nine at 57-49. Aaron Rose came through with 16 points.

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