Francis nailed a 3-pointer from the corner off an inbounds play with 3.2 seconds left to lift the Lady Indians to a 43-40 victory over host Sullivan East.
During a back-and-forth final few minutes, Sullivan East’s Hayley Grubb tied the game with a layup with 20 seconds remaining.
Jabrea Johnson and Megan Ayers each finished with nine points to lead D-B. Francis scored eight and Caitlyn Wallace ended with seven.
Grubb totaled a game-high 16 points for the Lady Patriots. Jenna Hare barely missed a double- double, tallying nine points and nine rebounds. Ashley Nunley had eight points and nine rebounds.
SULLIVAN CENTRAL 66, UNAKA 36 (Cheryl Gray 📸📸📸)
ELIZABETHTON — Macy McClellan netted a dozen points and Joelyn West scored 11 to lead the Lady Cougars to the road victory over the Lady Rangers.
Abbey Crawford scored nine and Avery Leming and Parker Hurd each had eight for Sullivan Central’s balanced offense.
Lyndie Ramsey had nearly half of Unaka’s production with 17 points. Jada Whitehead finished with eight.
WEST GREENE 61, SULLIVAN NORTH 47
KINGSPORT — Maddy Winters scored 17 points and Lilly Crawford finished with a dozen in the Lady Golden Raiders’ loss.
Sullivan North was hurt by a 12-for-36 showing from the free-throw line.
Madi Brown put up 19 points and Christianna Ricker chipped in 14 to lead the visiting Lady Buffs.
HAPPY VALLEY 53, CHUCKEY-DOAK 30
ELIZABETHTON — The Lady Warriors held the Lady Knights to eight first-half points in the season-opening win.
Olivia Absher paced Happy Valley with 11 points, Shalyn Whitson had nine, Emma Blevins eight and Autumn Henegar seven.
Sierra Jaynes had a game-high 13 points for Chuckey-Doak.
PROVIDENCE ACADEMY 61, CONCORD CHRISTIAN 18
KNOXVILLE — Christen Sholes hit six shots from beyond the arc and finished with 24 points to lead the Lady Knights to a blowout win.
Mary McAllister added eight points and Katie Cross seven for Providence.
Maddie Mee’s seven points were tops for Concord.
SULLIVAN NORTH 70, WEST GREENE 41
KINGSPORT — Spearheading a balanced attack, Jacob Cross had 13 points to power the Golden Raiders to the big win over the Buffaloes.
Trey Williams followed with 12 points and Isaiah Pruitt had 11. Tyler Depriest and Bryant Herron scored nine apiece.
Braylan Radar put up nine points to lead West Greene.
HAPPY VALLEY 67, CHUCKEY-DOAK 63
ELIZABETHTON — Noah Stevens had a 24-point performance to boost Happy Valley to the win over Chuckey-Doak at Bayless Gym.
Luke Roberts ended with 17 and James Harmon scored 10 as the Warriors emerged with the hard-fought win.
Alex Maupin scored a game-high 25 to lead the Black Knights. Tyler Ramsey tallied 15 points and Jameson Cobble added 10. Tied at 34 at the half, the game was tight throughout.
UNAKA 65, SULLIVAN CENTRAL 58 (Cheryl Gray 📸📸📸)
ELIZABETHTON — The Cougars trailed by one just point, 27-26, at halftime, but the Rangers pulled away over the final two quarters.