The Stone Memorial basketball teams dropped their District 4AA openers at Alcoa Friday night, as the Tornadoes blew past the Panthers 84-71 and the Lady Panthers 54-41.
Alcoa 86, SMHS 71: The Tornadoes, under first-year coach and former UT assistant Tony Jones, placed four players in double figures – Gabe Dando (23), Matt Shown (20), Trey Tayler (16) and Kenny Dean (15).
Brandon Cole led the Pantherse with 34 points, 13 rebounds, one assist and one steal, followed by Brock Rowan (15 points, two rebounds, three assists); and Robert Troino (15 markers, four rebounds, one assist). Rounding out the scoring were Gage Spence (two points, three rebounds, six assists), Luke Matthews (one point, three rebounds, one assist) and Dustin Dishman (four points, three rebounds, one steal). Justin Simmons had two rebounds, one assist and three steals.
The Tornadoes came out on fire, outscoring the Panthers 29-15 in the first quarter, behind Shown' s eight points.
Troino had 13 of the Panthers 15 points, including six free throws.
The Panthers, behind Cole's 12 points, outscored the Tornadoes 17-11 in the second quarter to slice the deficit to 41-32 at the break. Danbo had 10 points for the Tornadoes.
A 19-13 third quarter gave the Tornadoes a 60-41 lead, but the two teams exploded for 50 total points in the fourth quarter — 26-24 advantage by the Panthers — making the final score 84-71.
Cole had 16 points for the Panthers in the final quarter.
Alcoa 54, SMHS 41: Alicia Shiverdecker pumped in 21 points to lead the Lady Tornadoes over the Lady Panthers.
Nicole Hassler and Morgan Bridges each had 12 points for the Lady Panthers. Rounding out the scoring were Ashley Cox (3), Riley Kennedy (2), Julia Webb (3) and Brooke Kennedy (9). Tessa Cokkinias also played.
Alcoa blew past the Lady Panthers 23-9 in the first quarter, behind Shiverdecker's 12 points, and extended the lead to 36-15 at the break. Bridges had eight points at the half for the Lady Panthers.
Hassler scored eight third-quarter points to help SMHS 12-8 to slice the score to 44-27, while Bridges tallied four points in the final quarter, as the Lady Panthers finished the game with a 14-10 run to make the final score 54-41.
Schedule: SMHS continues district-opening road series at Kingston tonight and to Loudon Thursday, before hosting Scott County Jan. 17.