By Ed Greif
The Stone Memorial basketball teams traveled to Scott County Tuesday to face the Highlanders and came away with a split in the District 4AA double-header, as the Panthers defeated the Highlanders 65-36, while the Lady Panthers lost 57-48.
SMHS 65, Scott County 36: "It was a good win. I was tickled to go up there and come home with a victory," said Coach Neil Capps Wednesday night.
Leading the Panthers were Gage Spence (seven points), Brock Rowan (13 points), Taylor Orme (two points), Tyler Yoder (22), Justin Simmons (10 points), Luke Matthews (five points), Parker Hill (three points) and Collin Russell (three points).
SMHS buried seven three-pointers — Spence (one), Rowan (three), Simmons (one), Matthews (one) and Hill (one).
The Panthers jumped out to a 22-4 first-quarter lead and stretched the advantage to 41-17 at the half with a 19-13 second-quarter spurt. An 18-8 third quarter gave the Panthers a 59-25 lead after three quarters, but the hosts finished the game with an 11-6 final quarter to make the final margin 65-36.
Coach Neil Capps squad leads the district with a 4-0 marker, followed by Christian Academy of Knoxville (3-1), Alcoa (2-2), Kingston (2-2), Loudon (1-3) and Scott County (0-4).
Scott County 57, SMHS 48: The Lady Panthers led 15-13 after one quarter, but the Lady Highlanders outscored them 11-4 in the second quarter to take a 24-19 lead at halftime.
SMHS outscored Scott County 13-10 in the quarter to slice the lead to 34-32, but the Lady Highlanders finished the game with a 23-16 fourth quarter for the final margin 57-48.
Contributing for the Lady Panthers were Tiffany Cokkinias (seven points, six rebounds, five assists, six steals), Jordan Thompson (one steal), Emily Bryant (one rebound, one assist), Jacki Livesay (14 points, three rebounds, two steals), Kirsten Potter (two points, two rebounds), Kerigan Smith, Faith Van Ruden, Abby Griffin (two points, four rebounds, two steals), Bailey Rutledge, Courtney White (eight points, three rebounds, three steals), Sydney Early (four points, two rebounds, one assist, one steal) and Mikayla Kington (11 points, six rebounds, two steals).
The Lady Panthers were 17 of 63 from the field, including three of 26 from three-point range and 11 of 14 from the free throw line with 27 rebounds, seven assists, 17 steals and 11 turnovers.
The Lady Panthers are tied with both Scott County and Kingston at 1-3, behind Alcoa (4-0), CAK (3-1) and Loudon (2-2).
Schedule: Thursday night's games with Kingston were postponed. No make-up date was given. SMHS will host CCHS Saturday and travel to Loudon on Tuesday.