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Good sends Science Hill to win over Lady Rebels

Jack Goodson • Jan 27, 2009 at 12:00 AM

KINGSPORT — Johneshia Good had the lane all to herself Tuesday night. Bad news for Sullivan South.

The Science Hill senior guard collected 12 points and set up numerous teammates with piercing drives into the paint during the Lady Hilltoppers’ 62-50 win over South in Big 9 Conference girls basketball play.

“Turnovers caught us,” South coach Josh Tate said. “But really we couldn’t stop the drive. That was the key. Every time they drove, they broke us down.”

For much of the night, Good was finding Haley Hensley on the perimeter. The sophomore hit four 3-pointers — two each in the first and third quarters — en route to a game-high 18 points.

Jaimee Hill found herself on the receiving end of Good’s generosity as well, finishing with 12. Christy Goodman had nine points and Danica Collins seven.

“I thought offensively our quickness was a factor,” Lady ’Toppers coach Darrell Barnwell said. “We were able to create plenty of driving lanes and get to the basket.”

The Lady Rebels (6-14, 3-9) quietly remained in the contest for three periods but couldn’t overcome a swell of turnovers and forced shots during the final frame. South even abandoned its most effective outlet on the night — the boards. In the fourth, Science Hill (9-12, 6-5) grabbed seven of its 14 offensive rebounds.

Makensey Campbell netted 13 points, while Lauren Latture had 12 for South.

“I thought our kids did a good job under the circumstances,” said Barnwell, whose team attempted just four foul shots — all in the final two minutes. “We knew we had to come in here and win this game.”

Much like the opener, the boys’ contest was defined by mistakes.

The Hill forced 25 turnovers — 13 in the third quarter alone — as it rolled to a 75-57 decision.

A hot start to both halves carried the ’Toppers (18-4, 10-1), who remain in a tie atop the Big 9 with Tennessee High. Larry Smith and Josh Odem did most of the damage for Science Hill.

Smith dominated the paint, finishing with 25 points and 10 rebounds. The versatile Odem had 19 points, seven boards and five assists.

But they weren’t alone. Ten of the 13 players that saw action for Science Hill scored.

“I thought (Smith and Odem) just established the game for us,” ’Toppers coach Ken Cutlip said. “They helped us gain control.

“Tonight, we actually played some kids that haven’t played in a while, and they did some positive things for us. That helped us to push on.”

South (12-12, 4-7), which trailed by 13 points at the break, turned over the ball on its first five possessions of the second half. Science Hill converted four of those into points. The Hill finished with 18 steals and scored 23 points off turnovers.

Tyler Ashworth led the Rebels with 16 points. Dustin Sims added 11.

“I’m thrilled with the way we came out to start the game and to start the third quarter,” Cutlip said. “It’s a tough league. (South) took Tennessee High down to the wire and they’re a capable ballclub. Tonight was a total team effort.”

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