Kingsport Times News Tuesday, September 2, 2014

South takes pair of road wins at Central

December 16th, 2008 12:00 am by John Moorehouse

BLOUNTVILLE — Road wins in the rigorous Big 9 Conference have tremendous value. Tuesday night, Sullivan South’s varsity basketball teams escaped from Sullivan Central with two of those precious commodities in hand.

Makensey Campbell’s all- around game and tight defense on Whitney Moody keyed the Lady Rebels’ 57-38 victory over Central. Then a scorching shooting start and strong close to the first half propelled the South boys to a 69-60 victory over the Cougars.

“This is a very tough atmosphere,” South boys coach Mark Pendleton said. “I think the kids look forward to coming up here but any conference win is precious. When you get one on the road, that’s even better.”

The Rebels (5-6, 2-3) made six 3-pointers as part of a 26-point first quarter. South opened a double-digit advantage in the second period, but Central clawed back to tie it at 34 and take a 36-34 lead.

That edge proved short- lived; South closed the half on a 9-0 run fueled by six points from Dustin Sims.

“It’s great to see the kids respond like that. We fought back and that run was big,” Pendleton said.

The Cougars (5-4, 2-3) got close a couple of times in the second half, and a rim- rattling one-handed jam by Tyler Devault thrilled the partisan student section, but Central never drew within one possession.

“We were happy to play even instead of trying to play ahead,” Central coach Tony Vaughn said. “South played well. They beat us on the boards, they beat us up and down the floor, they shot the ball a whole lot better. Just beat us in every area of the game.

“My kids battled. They just struggled.”

Sims led South (5-6, 2-3) with 22 points. Tyler Moore added 16, including four 3-pointers. Tyler Ashworth contributed 13 points and Logan Blair finished with 10, getting six of them in the fourth quarter.

Tyler Devault and Patrick Albright carried Central with 21 and 20 points, respectively.

Scoring 23 points for the Lady Rebels (2-5, 1-4), Campbell did not notch a season high, though she probably played her best all-around game of the season.

Yet it was junior point guard Tyria Hutchins who proved pivotal with her stingy defense on Central scoring dynamo Whitney Moody, who finished with 10 points.

“We knew that, to win this game, we were going to have to shut her down,” Hutchins said. “It was very nerve-wracking but I think I did well and my teammates helped me a lot.”

Kim Johnson added 13 points for the Lady Rebels, who saw eight players reach the scoring column, including two freshmen.

Erika Blizard set the pace for Central (7-4, 2-2) with 17 points.

“The only person I thought really played well and was leading their team was Erika Blizard,” Lady Cougars coach Gary Surcey said. “I thought Erika did a good job, not because she scored points but because she was positive and motivating her team and trying to pick them up. The rest of us didn’t do a good job.”


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