KINGSPORT — With a little over a week left in the regular season, Dobyns-Bennett shows no signs of conceding the conference crown to Science Hill.
In front of a homecoming crowd at the Buck Van Huss Dome, the Indians dominated Big 8 rival Volunteer, winning 85-23.
Building a blueprint from their previous matchup with the Falcons, D-B coach Charlie Morgan’s game plan relied on early defensive pressure.
“We came into the game wanting to apply as much pressure as we could without fouling,” Morgan said. “In our first game with Volunteer, we struggled against their defense. We were able to learn from that experience and play the kind of game we wanted.”
Defensively, the Indians (18-4, 10-1) forced nine Volunteer turnovers and outrebounded the Falcons 32-16.
D-B never trailed in the game, shooting 33-for-51 from the field. Senior center Connor Mitchell led the Tribe with 14 points and seven rebounds.
The Indians’ only moment of anxiety in the game came in the third quarter when sophomore Makale Foreman landed awkwardly on his knee after making a layup.
“I think Makale was more scared than anything,” Morgan said. “His knee is going to be sore for a few days, but I think he is going to be fine.”
Leading up to the game, coach Chris Brown said his Falcons put in a solid effort at practice.
“It just didn’t translate to the way we played tonight,” Brown acknowledged. “Something has to give with our players. Until they take what they do in practice and put it into a game, we’re not going to get better.”
Volunteer (3-17, 0-10) travels to Sullivan North tonight for a non-conference matchup with the Golden Raiders.
In the girls’ game, the Lady Indians (18-5, 8-3) avenged an early-season loss to Volunteer (14-12, 3-7), defeating the Lady Falcons 75-47.
Early in the contest, both teams struggled from the field. Sophomore guard Sasha Morrisette quickly pulled D-B out of its shooting slump by sinking eight points in the first quarter.
Morrisette led the Lady Indians with 28 points. She was also 8-for-12 from the free throw line.
Junior guard Madi Kilby was also a key player for the Lady Indians. Kilby scored 18 points on six 3-pointers.
Having lost starters Jocelyn Grigsby and Cortney Depew to injuries, D-B coach Roger France credited his team with playing through adversity.
“We’ve lost two starters in two weeks, but we keep winning. This bunch knows how to win. I’m just proud of them for playing hard. (Volunteer) is a rival, so this is a big conference win,” France said.
“D-B shot well and they hustled all night. We missed some easy layups and foul shots. We’re just struggling right now. That’s all you can say after a loss like this,” said Volunteer coach Jerry Myers.
D-B announced that Friday’s scheduled games at Sullivan South have been moved to Thursday night.