By Tate Russell
Sun Sports Writer
The quick feet and active hands of Science Hill's guards were too much for Greeneville to handle as the Hilltoppers pulled away to an 80-55 victory Tuesday night.
Greeneville head coach Brad Woolsey said, "We just came out not ready, not prepared to play. We had talked about the fact that we had to move the ball and that we had to sprint back on defense and we did not do either of them today."
C.J. Good led the way for the quick strike Hilltoppers tallying 23 points in the win over Greene Devils.
Greeneville was able to hang with Science Hill throughout the game's first quarter taking the lead 6-5 on a slick finger roll by Hays Culbreth. Landon Duncan would push the lead to 4 with an old-fashioned three point play with 2:42 remaining in the opening segment.
In the final 2:00 minutes of the first quarter Hilltopper guards, Good and Will Adams, turned up the defensive pressure and swung the score in favor of the home side. Science Hill scored 14 points in that time frame with a pair of treys by Good to stretch the lead to 19-13 at the end of the quarter.
"We didn't run our press break well and part of that is we haven't had a full practice since Wednesday," Woolsey Said. "We've had guys out and we didn't take time to go over press break yesterday and that's on me. That's something I should have done to prepare our kids."
The second quarter started just as the first ended for the Greene Devils, as they were unable to get the ball up the court with any consistency against an active Science Hill press. The Hilltoppers reeled off a 10-0 run to open the second period, with Reed Hayes laying in 4 of his 17 points in that stretch.
Science Hill would stretch their lead in the first half to 19 twice and went into intermission with a 46-28 lead.
Good opened the second half with a layup and followed it up with a steal and assist to Calvin Songster. He then dropped a bomb from the left wing to push the Hilltoppers ahead by 25 points before Greeneville earned their first second half point.
Trevor Wright stepped up in second half for Greeneville dropping in 10 of his 16 points in the second half as he led the team in scoring. Duncan put up 15 points in the contest.
Though Wright and Duncan put up solid performances for Greeneville they could not match the offensive production of the Hilltoppers who at one point in the third quarter stretched the lead 31.
The loss ends a seven game win streak for the Greene Devils and hands them their second loss of the season.
"Hopefully we'll learn from it," Woolsey said. "One thing they learned was you can't jog back on defense. That's why you play games like this to learn ways you need to get better and obviously we learned a lot ways tonight."
The Lady Greene Devils had an equally difficult time handling the Lady Toppers as they fell 87-32 to last year's state runner up.
The long and athletic Science Hill squad was lead by Gabby Lyons who scored 25 but was also a force in the paint denying the Lady Greene Devils access to any easy buckets and cleaning the glass all night eliminating second chance opportunities for Greeneville.
The Lady Devils struggled to break Science Hill's full court pressure with smaller guards Lorena Leon and Selena Leon struggling to pass out of back court traps before being forced into turnovers.
Lady Topper Morgan Knack showed off her sweet stroke, connecting on trio of three-pointers on her way to a 16 point performance. Point Guard Tiana Tarter scored 9 while directing the powerful Lady Toppers offense to a lead that stretched to 60 late in the fourth quarter.
Middle Tennessee State signee Shy Copney added 17 points off the bench while she nursed a knee injury suffered in last season's state tournament.
Madison Shipley led the Lady Greene Devils in scoring with 9. Hannah Holt scored 8 off the bench.