KINGSPORT — Another game. Another fatal third quarter.
Sullivan Central, a little more than three days since unraveling after halftime in a home loss to Dobyns-Bennett, stumbled again on Friday night. Sullivan South outscored the Cougars 18-7 in the third period en route to a 63-51 Big 8 Conference win.
Central shrank its turnover total from a distressing 37 against D-B to 18 on Friday, but the number was still substantial in several ways. South scored 18 points off those turnovers. Not only that, but the Cougars turned it over six times in the pivotal third.
Behind Ryan Headrick, the Rebels were primed from the opening tip. They raced to an 18-4 lead through six minutes, with Headrick scoring seven points during the span.
Headrick collected 14 points for South. Christian Comsa did plenty of damage in the interior, finishing with a game-high 16. Michael Harr added nine.
Perhaps more significant than turnover margin for Central was shooting percentage. The Cougars shot 30 percent from the field. Even more alarming: a 2-for-22 (9 percent) performance from beyond the 3-point line.
Cody Vineyard closed with 11 points. Hunter Wood added nine for Central, but was held scoreless in the second half.
Earlier, the South girls held off the Lady Cougars in a contest restricted by a shared lack of offensive potency. The Lady Rebels won 35-31.
Kayla Tipton scored nine points to anchor South (7-1, 2-1). Sydney Norwood led all scorers with 10 for Central (1-7, 0-3).
For the complete story as well as pictures from the nightcap, pick up a copy of the Dec. 8 Times-News.