By Ed Greif
For the first time in several years, the Stone Memorial basketball teams traveled to Alcoa without the games counting on the schedule as district games. Alcoa remains in Class AA, while SMHS has moved into District 6AAA for the next four school years, but the Tornadoes won 67-62 in overtime and the Lady Tornadoes won 68-26.
Alcoa 67, SMHS 62: Alcoa led 19-9 after the first quarter, however, the Panthers ouscored the hosts 15-6 in the second quarter to slice the lead to 25-24 at the break.
According to the Maryville Daily Times, Alcoa led 48-40 with 6:30 remaining in regulation, but Coach Nell Capps's squad used a 10-0 run to take a 50-48 advantage. After the Tornadoes tied the game at 50-50, Gage Spence's reverse lay-up gave the Panthers a 52-50 advantage.
SMHS extended the lead to 54-51, but Payton Wall knotted the game with a three-pointer. A technical foul allowed the Panthers to convert two free throws, but Braxton Dockery's lay-up with 13 seconds tied the game at 56-56.
Alcoa outscored the Panthers 11-6 in the extra period to take the victory.
Leading scorers for SMHS (12-3) were Luke Matthews (18), Tyler Yoder (14), Gage Spence (11) Justin Simmons (10), Brandon Thomas (4), Mitch Ball (3) and Taylor Orme (2).
SMHS had seven three-pointers — Matthews (3), Yoder (2), Spence (1) and Ball (1)
Alcoa 68, SMHS 26: According to the Maryville paper, the Lady Tornadoes opened the 13-0 run to start the game, but finished the quarter with a 17-6 spurt to take a 30-6 lead at the end of the quarter.
A 15-7 second quarter gave the Lady Tornadoes a 45-13 lead at the break. A 17-11 third quarter swelled the Alcoa lead to 62-24 at the half and a 6-2 fourth quarter due to the TSSAA mercy rule made the final score 68-26.
Leading scorers for the Lady Panthers were Tiffany Cokkinias (3), Kirsten Potter (8), Jackie Livesay (7), Riley Hunt (4) and Abby Griffin (4). Sarah Gray, Brittany Brun, Lacey Melton, Hailey Coudriet, Bailey Rutledge, Courtney White and Sidney Early also played.
Schedule: SMHS will host White County Friday night in a District 6AAA double-header and then will travel to Lighthouse Christian on Saturday for a make-up game.