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FULL STORY: D-B girls capture Honda Invitational title

Jeff Birchfield • Dec 30, 2012 at 12:10 PM

GRAY — Down by one at the half, Dobyns-Bennett’s Lady Indians used a 12-0 run in the third quarter to overtake Hampton for a 51-44 victory in Saturday’s championship game of the Johnson City Honda Invitational at Bobby Snyder Gymnasium.After going into the locker room trailing 23-22, the Lady Indians (11-3) held the Lady Bulldogs (13-4) scoreless over a seven-minute stretch.Once in the lead, the Lady Indians held on after Hampton closed within five and later to four points in the closing minutes.D-B’s Sasha Morrisette put the final dagger in Hampton’s hopes by breaking to the basket and getting scores. Morrisette, who led all scorers with 23 points in the final, earned tournament MVP honors.“I like the rush, the momentum and the bond,” Morrisette said of the big moments as she looked toward her sister Cydnee, also an all-tournament selection. “We have a special bond. It shows in a lot of our plays.” D-B took early command with a 14-8 lead at the end of one quarter only to see the scrappy Lady Bulldogs turn up the pressure in the second quarter and take a 23-22 lead at the half on Monica Olvera’s bucket.D-B coach Roger France said his team was a little rattled when it entered the locker room.“In the second quarter, we got really frustrated,” he said. “Hampton played well, the crowd got into it and it was a very physical game. But we played through that. We got our starters in foul trouble, but our other kids picked it up.” Leading Hampton’s comeback in the fourth quarter, Dorothy Dugger finished with 16 points. Alexis Bowers added a 13-point effort and Paige Montgomery worked inside for a team-best nine rebounds.Despite being plagued by foul trouble, Alex Anderson posted a double-double for D-B with 10 points and 12 rebounds.Third-place gameDaniel Boone 54, Seymour 48 Jenny Snyder scored 18 points, Katelyn Cox added 11 and the Lady Trailblazers (9-7) came out on the winning end of a game that featured 14 lead changes, nine in the final period alone.Tight throughout the contest, Snyder finally gave Boone a two-possession lead with 27 seconds left. Allison Littleton sealed the outcome with two more free throws at the 12-second mark.Kasey Norman hit four shots behind the 3-point arc in a 14-point effort for the Lady Eagles (12-6). Fifth-place gameSmith County 43, Cherokee 39 Callie Hackett, Smith County’s talented sophomore guard, tallied 24 points and the Lady Owls (13-6) survived the Lady Chiefs rallying from 13 points down.Hackett had four free throws in the final 90 seconds to pull the Lady Owls ahead after the Chiefs finally overtook Smith County midway through the fourth.Pattie Taylor and Savannah Marlow each scored 16 for the Lady Chiefs (6-12).Sixth-place gameUnicoi County 62, Sullivan East 43 Emily Edwards scored 19 points to lead the Lady Devils (9-6), who raced out to a 31-8 advantage and held a double-digit lead the rest of the way.Whitley True and Chelsea Harness each ended with 11 points. Destinie Hayes got her second double-double of the tournament with 10 points and 17 rebounds.Ashlee Minor and Tori James were high scorers for the Lady Patriots (13-5) with eight points apiece.U-High 29, Sullivan Central 19 The Junior Bucs (5-6) limited the Lady Cougars (2-14) to just one point in both the first and third quarters to earn the win.As both teams struggled offensively, University High held a 9-8 lead at the half.University High was a final- day substitute for Gate City, which couldn’t play because of a VHSL rule prohibiting teams from playing four consecutive days.Johnson County 48, Sevier 47 Brooke Brown hit a pair of free throws for the last of her 25 points and the Lady Longhorns (4-11) rallied from a 10-point halftime deficit to defeat the Bearettes (8-9).Brown’s free throws with 16 seconds left came on the heels of her making another go-ahead score seconds earlier. Sevier County’s Taylor Chapman missed a potential game-winning runner in the lane with two seconds left.Sullivan South 66, Unaka 57 Kayla Tipton posted a double-double of 17 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Lady Rebels (11-4) over the Lady Rangers (9-7).Courtney McKenzie and Brayden Hutchins each finished with 13 points in the victory.Kassie Winters sank five shots behind the 3-point line in a 24-point performance for Unaka.Greenback 61, David Crockett 58 Sarah Rhyne knocked down a 3-pointer at the buzzer to lift the Lady Cherokees (6-8) over the Lady Pioneers (1-13).Autumn Tipton scored a game-high 24 points for Greenback.Heather Scalf, whose free throw with 14 seconds left tied the game for Crockett, ended with 17 points.

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