'Toppers drop Governors

from staff reports

   JOHNSON CITY -- All-around excellence propelled Science Hill back to the state tournament -- following a one-year absence -- Monday night as the Hilltoppers defeated William Blount 73-51 in a Class AAA substate contest.
   A dozen Hilltoppers dented the scoring column, with Will Little's 13 points leading a balanced attack. Rob Love and Nick Bradley chipped in 10 points apiece.
   Science Hill (33-4) shot 51 percent from the field, compared to 38 percent for the Governors (21-10).
   Behind six rebounds from Anton McKinney, the 'Toppers held a small advantage on the boards.
   Chris Clapp, a 6-5 post, topped William Blount with 15 points.
   Knox Bearden 77
   Tennessee High 44
   KNOXVILLE -- Kyle Cruze pumped in 34 points for Bearden, which completely blew the game open by outscoring Tennessee High 25-7 in the fourth quarter of a Class AAA game.
   It was 40-26 in favor of the Bulldogs at halftime.
   Winston Robinson chipped in 12 points for Bearden. Derek Linkous, with 12 points, and Drew Porter, 11, were high men for the Vikings.
   Class AA
   Alcoa 96
   Sullivan Central 48
   ALCOA -- Hitting 14-of-17 field goal attempts, George Martin tallied 32 points while grabbing 18 rebounds in lifting the Tornadoes to their seventh state-tournament appearance in 13 years.
   The Cougars (21-14) led 9-2 early, but Alcoa, which shot 60 percent from the floor, poured on the steam in the second half.
   Jeremy Stache contributed 17 points for the Tornadoes. John LeSueur paced Sullivan Central with 22.
   Class A
   Hancock County 85
   Oneida 83 (OT)
   ONEIDA -- Oneida's Donald Sexton put on a performance for the ages, but Hancock County punched its ticket for a third straight state tournament appearance.
   Sexton nailed a school record 13 3-pointers (19 attempts) on the way to scoring 50 points for the Indians, who got 22 points from Andre Terry.
   However, with Rocky Nichols tossing in 33, the Indians outlasted Oneida. Aaron Seal added 13 points and Mike Matthews 12 for Hancock County (24-8).