SEVIERVILLE—Morristown East’s girls turned in probably their most complete game of the season Tuesday night in racking up a 60-52 victory over host Northview Academy, a team that made the state semifinals last year.

Freshman Harmony Sullivan gunned in a career-high 21 points including 11 in the final quarter as the Lady Hurricanes improved to 6-10 for the season.

Fellow freshman Ella Wampler added a dozen points and raked down 11 rebounds for the Lady ‘Canes and sophomore Hailey Hall scored 11. Hudson Cloninger, another freshman, just missed double figures with nine points.

First-year coach Haylea Styles’ club built an 11-point lead in the first quarter and was on top most of the way in the victory.

Northview made a run at the end of the third quarter to grab a 39-38 lead at the final break but East opened the fourth frame with an 8-0 run and withstood every run by the Lady Cougars the rest of the way.

In the huge fourth quarter, the Lady Hurricanes did all the things a team has to do to win. East hit 5 of 7 shots from the field including 3 of 4 from behind the arc and maintained its lead by pouring in 9 of 11 free throws down the stretch. The Lady ‘Canes also cut way down on their turnovers and out-rebounded the home team by 9-2 in the period.

Styles was elated with the play of her team. “We’ve been in a rut lately and it’s been challenging. What had been killing us was second-chance points and we talked about that going into today.

“Ella and Megan played their butts off inside tonight and didn’t let them get rebounds and baskets,” Styles said. “That was huge for us. Our guards also helped us rebound and they played a full game tonight. I’m so proud of the improvement we showed from Friday to tonight.”

Styles went on to say, “And what a difference. We had 38 turnovers in our last game and only had 13 tonight. We did so much better taking care of the basketball, especially when they were pressing trying to get back in it.

“We shot the ball well from outside and hit some really big three’s. The one Hudson hit from the corner when we were up four with just over a minute left was unbelievable. I really think tonight was the most composed I’ve ever seen Hudson play.

“Again, the difference in the way we played from Friday to today was remarkable. Our guards played with so much more confidence. They really stepped it up tonight. I thought everybody contributed to the win.”

The Lady Hurricanes wound up shooting 40.9 percent from the floor on 18 of 44 but hit 10 of 17 three-point tries in the victory. With Wampler leading the way and Winstead and Zoe Shelley getting six each, East out-rebounded the taller Lady Cougars by a commanding 36-23.

East also came up big at the free throw line, hitting 14 of 18 while the home team didn’t score a point at the charity stripe, missing all five of its attempts.

Northview, now 8-8 for the season, made 23 of 47 for 48.9 percent and hit 6 of 14 from behind the arc.

Josie Horner and Jordan White led the Lady Cougars with 14 points apiece and Reagan Brown added 11.

Wampler and Sullivan scored seven each and Shelley hit a triple in the opening quarter. East led 19-8 before White hit a basket and Savannah Bates nailed a three to get it down to 19-14 at the first stop.

Cloninger, Sullivan and Hall hit three’s to start the second quarter for the biggest lead of the game. Shelley’s bucket with 3:25 left in the half gave the Lady ‘Canes a 30-18 margin but Horner hit two baskets and Brown added another as Northview got the deficit to 30-24 at intermission.

Brown’s three got the Lady Cougars within three to start the third stanza, but Hall answered with a triple for East. However, Brown hit another three and White scored inside to chip the lead down to one.

Hall made two free throws but Brown’s three tied it at 35-35 and Horner’s bucket gave Northview the lead. Hall drained another triple and East was back on top by a point but White gave the home team a 39-38 lead after three.

But East answered the challenge. Cloninger’s three put East in front for good and then Sullivan grabbed a rebound and put it back in. Sullivan then knocked down a three from the top of the circle and east was on top 46-39 with 5:31 left.

Baskets by White and Leny Torres got the home team within three but Wampler hit two free throws and then converted a three-point play and it was 51-43 with 2:50 remaining.

Horner and White hit baskets for the losers and it was 51-47 with 1:57 left. Cloninger then drilled a three from the corner with 1:23 on the clock and Sullivan added two free throws with 1:02 remaining. Torres and White had baskets to close the gap to 56-52 but Sullivan hit four free throws in the final 10.6 seconds to lock up the victory.

West Greene 46, Washburn 40

Saylor Clay poured in 17 points for Washburn on Tuesday evening, however, it wasn’t enough as West Greene held on for a six-point win.

Washburn fell to 10-5 on the season with the defeat.

Clay led all scorers with the 17 points, making 10 free throws.

Along with Clay, Tori Coffman had nine points on three 3-pointers while Braelyn Coffey added seven.

Other scorers were Torie Proffitt, Megan Beeler and Callie Nicley with two each and Rylie Nicely with one.

It was a slow start for the Lady Pirates as they scored just nine points in the opening quarter. West Greene scored 14 and led by five after one.

In the second quarter, Washburn righted the ship with 12 points, six coming on two Coffman 3-pointers. However, West Greene added 15 more points and led 29-21 at the break.

The third quarter was a defensive struggle with 12 total points scored, six by each team. In the fourth, Washburn made one last push but ran out of time, falling by six points.

Washburn will be back in action on Friday when they take on Hancock County. Tip is set for 6:30 p.m.

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