KINGSPORT — Last Friday night, Sullivan South used a physical zone defense and a refuse-to-lose attitude to upset Dobyns-Bennett.
On Tuesday night, Volunteer turned the tables on the Rebels and used those two ingredients to score a gritty Big 8 Conference win over South.
The Falcons overcame a slow start thanks to a sticky matchup zone and then made just enough plays down the stretch to score a 43-40 victory.
“We’ve been preaching to these guys, you’re getting better, just stick with it,” Volunteer coach Chris Brown said. “I think tonight, man, they just fought. They fought their butts off. It’s good for the kids because we’ve been working for it for a while.”
After going winless in the league until a victory over David Crockett on Monday night, the Falcons picked up their second Big 8 win in 24 hours against the Rebels on Senior Night — but it wasn’t easy. Volunteer led 10-4 after one quarter before watching its lead evaporate in the second period. South went to the locker room leading 21-18.
The Rebels held a four-point edge heading to the fourth before the bottom fell out. South managed just one field goal in the final period, and the Falcons outscored the Rebels 15-8 to escape with the win.
In the girls’ contest, South’s Kayla Tipton scored her 1,000th career point, but it came in a losing effort.
Lindsey Overbey and Savannah Felgemacher teamed up to score 50 points, leading the Lady Falcons to a 70-62 victory.
Felgemacher and Overbey scored all 19 of Volunteer’s third- quarter points and 32 of its 40 in the second half. Overbey finished with 26 points and Felgemacher added 24.
For complete coverage of the games see the Feb. 6 edition of the Times-News.