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Matherne on fire in Science Hill’s Double Tree victory over Central

Jeff Birchfield • Dec 9, 2018 at 1:06 AM

JOHNSON CITY — The Science Hill boys basketball team was having fun Saturday afternoon and no one was having a better time than Jake Matherne.

Matherne, a 6-foot-6 junior post, hit 10 of 13 shots from the field, finishing with 22 points, and grabbed 11 rebounds in an 80-52 win over Sullivan Central in the Double Tree Roundball Classic at the new Science Hill Gymnasium.

Matherne credited his teammates for finding him inside and his father for helping him develop an effective short hook shot.

“My dad taught me that when I was little and he told me if I could learn this, that no one could guard it,” Matherne said. “I tried to add that to my game. It’s always fun when you have a game like today when we get a good lead and were on our game.”

Science Hill coach Ken Cutlip praised his team, particularly the leadership of guards Jordan McCloyd and Will Stevens, who combined for 11 assists.

“I can’t say enough about the great job that Will and Jordan are doing at the point,” Cutlip said. “They’re doing a great job running our offense, getting us down the floor and getting the ball to people where they can be effective. They’re both really solid and are so unselfish. They are becoming really good leaders for us.”

As a team, the Hilltoppers had 24 assists — six from post player Drew Morrison. The passing led to good open shots and Science Hill hit 13 of 19 3-point attempts.

The Hilltoppers won for the third time in five days, taking a key Big 7 Conference victory over Tennessee High on Tuesday, a “throwback” win over Meigs County in their old gym on Friday and the win over the Cougars on Saturday.

Kendle Cutlip had another big shooting night, hitting five shots behind the arc. McCloyd also finished in double figures with 10 points to go with six assists.

Science Hill also picked it up on the defensive end, holding the Cougars to 17 points in the second and fourth quarters and forcing 18 turnovers.

“That’s what we always play: defense, defense, defense,” McCloyd said. “It was fun out there. On offense, we were sharing the ball, getting all our teammates involved and everyone was having fun.”

Central got off to a strong start, leading 22-17 early in the second quarter, but then Science Hill’s depth and outside shooting started taking a toll.

Trey Rosenbalm and Caleb Rose scored 10 points apiece and Ben Williams had nine for the Cougars.

“We were about six deep against their pressure,” Central coach Derek McGhee said. “I stuck with our seniors since they had seen that pressure when we were in the Big 7. In the second half, we got gassed and they put their foot on the pedal. It makes a huge difference, especially since they shot the ball extremely well.”

Elizabethton 67, Meigs County 38

The Cyclones romped behind Evan Perkins’ 18 points — 15 on 3-point shots.

Ten players got in the scoring column overall for Elizabethton (7-1). Braden Phillips added 12 points on four treys.

Charlotte (Fla.) 62,
 Tennessee High 49

Ahmad Johnson scored 21 points to lead the Tarpons to the win in the late game.

Other double-digit scorers were Tre Carroll with 13 points, Kenny Scribner with 12 and Makim Reaves with 11.

Christian Webb led the Vikings with 14 points, and McHale Bright scored eight.

GIRLS

Science Hill 68
, Charlotte (Fla.) 46

The Lady Hilltoppers jumped out to a big lead and stayed in control against the Lady Tarpons.

Alasia Smith led a balanced attack with 12 points. Nae Marion came off the bench to score 10, and Symantha Fugate and Erin Egerbrecht finished with nine apiece.

Isabella Desjardins had 19 points to lead the Punta Gorda, Fla.-based school. Ary Hicks added 10.

Sullivan Central 59
, Tennessee High 49

The Lady Cougars had production on the perimeter and in the post to forge the win.

Peyton Sams had a game-high 18 points, and Avery Leming and Abbey Crawford each finished with 16.

Central built a 17-point lead before Tennessee High cut it to just two possessions late.

Annie Hayes was the leading scorer for the Lady Vikings with 13 points.

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