Science Hill defeats Volunteer, 78-62

Dave Ongie • Dec 10, 2008 at 12:00 AM

CHURCH HILL — Volunteer was able to respond to Science Hill’s fast start, but the Falcons never found an answer for Josh Odem on Wednesday night.

Odem scored 13 of his game-high 32 points in the pivotal second period, sending Science Hill on its way to a 78-62 victory in a wild Big 9 Conference contest.

The Hilltoppers opened the game with an 18-3 run, but the Falcons got back within seven points at the end of the first period thanks to a pair of 3-pointers by Aaron Bennett.

But Odem spearheaded the 21-point outburst that put the Hilltoppers ahead by 13 points at halftime.

Science Hill coach Ken Cutlip said that a hard intentional foul Odem took in the opening moments of the contest may have sparked his amazing performance.

“They fouled him hard to start the game and he responded the way you’re supposed to respond,” Cutlip said.

The early foul was a sign of things to come as the referees played a large role in a contest that featured two intentional fouls, two technical fouls, 54 personal fouls and 72 foul shot attempts.

“It was a poor basketball game in every aspect,” Cutlip said. “But it’s tough to win on the road and considering the environment, I thought our kids did well.”

Science Hill pushed its lead to as many as 22 points in the second half. Volunteer was able to chip away at the deficit on several occasions, but the hole proved to be too deep for a team playing its second hard-fought league game in less than 24 hours.

In fact, the only gripe Volunteer coach Todd Whittemore had was that his team was unable to take full advantage of 47 trips to the foul line — the Falcons made just 26 of those attempts.

“I’m proud as heck of them,” Whittemore said. “I wanted these guys to show some heart and we did that.

“We’re starting to do the things we need to do to win ball games.”

Bennett and Cody Moore scored 15 points each to pace Volunteer (3-5, 1-2). Larry Smith added 11 points and 10 rebounds for Science Hill (8-1, 2-0).

In the girls contest, the Lady Falcons were able to hang close until the Lady Hilltoppers pulled away near the end of the third quarter for a 70-52 victory.

Volunteer’s Laiken Gilliam came up with a 3-point play to tie the game at 30 early in the third quarter before Science Hill finished out the period with a 12-3 run.

The Lady Hilltoppers pushed the lead out to double digits in the fourth quarter and cruised to victory.

Science Hill appeared to snap out of an early season slump by forcing 28 turnovers and outrebounding the Lady Falcons 37-23.

“We have some young kids and they’re still trying to learn what we’re supposed to do,” Science Hill coach Darrell Barnwell said.

Danica Collins provided a spark for the Lady Hilltoppers off the bench by grabbing nine rebounds in the first half.

Meanwhile, Johneshia Good and Jaimee Hill shouldered a bulk of the scoring load for Science Hill (2-6, 1-1). Good led the way with 23 points, while Hill added 11.

Volunteer coach Jerry Myers said Science Hill’s run near the end of the third quarter marked the beginning of the end for his team.

“We got behind and we can’t play with them when we get behind like that,” he said. “They just had too much quickness, but it was a good effort.”

Freshman point guard Ashley Lindholm led the way for Voluntteer (1-6, 0-3) with 18 points, while Gilliam added 15.

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