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Lady Vikings, Hilltoppers march on to semifinals

February 16th, 2009 12:00 am by Pat Kenney






KINGSPORT — Defense and rebounding are the keys to postseason success in basketball.


Tennessee High and Science Hill showed a great propensity for both Monday night in the quarterfinal matchups of the District 1-AAA girls tournament at Dobyns-Bennett’s Buck Van Huss Dome.


The top-seeded Lady Vikings held Daniel Boone scoreless in the third quarter, allowing the Lady Trailblazers only four points in the second half, on the way to a 58-27 victory.


Science Hill’s Johneshia Good poured in 34 points and the Lady Hilltoppers held a 36-15 advantage on the boards in an impressive 67-50 victory over pesky Volunteer.


Tennessee High (24-2) and Science Hill (15-13) move on to a semifinal matchup Friday.


Today, second-seeded Dobyns-Bennett (20-7) takes on Sullivan South (8-17) at 6 p.m. and Sullivan Central (19-8) meets David Crockett (10-15) at 7:30.


On the strength of three 3-pointers by Courtney Baskett, the Lady Trailblazers (7-23) remained within striking distance of Tennessee High at halftime. The Lady Vikes held a 31-23 lead at the break.


“We didn’t play well defensively early,’’ said Tennessee High coach Barry Wade. “I thought we picked up the intensity in the second half.’’


And how.


The Lady Vikings outscored the ’Blazers 18-0 in the third quarter in taking a commanding 49-23 lead. Tennessee High led 58-23 with 3:05 left in the contest when Boone’s Natalie Sheffey got her team’s first points of the second half on a pair of free throws.


The Lady ’Blazers scored their lone basket of the second half with 44 seconds left in the game.


“Tennessee High is so quick and athletic,’’ said Boone coach Tim Campbell. “We hit a wall in the third quarter and Tennessee High pushed through it.’’


Danielle Montgomery led the Vikings with 14 points. Sarah Baker added 11 and Kimberley Wood 10.


Baskett scored 11 for Boone.


Science Hill cleaned the glass in its win over the Lady Falcons (12-17). Danica Collins had nine rebounds while Jaimee Hill added 7. Eight Lady ’Toppers had at least one board.


But it was Good who put on the real show. She scored 15 points in the opening quarter to help Science Hill gain a 23-13 advantage. By halftime the Lady Hilltoppers were on top 35-19.


Volunteer refused to fade, however, and it took a 12-point outburst from Good in the fourth quarter to finally ground the Lady Falcons.


“We didn’t rebound or shoot real well and you don’t win many games that way,’’ said Volunteer coach Jerry Myers.


Haley Hensley added 14 points for Science Hill.


Shanque Price led Volunteer with 17 points and Laiken Gilliam chipped in 12.


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