Rebels take control of Warrior Hill, sweep Happy Valley

Published 1:08 am Monday, February 17, 2020

Happy Valley – As regular-season basketball play begins to fade for high school squads across Tennessee, each game becomes more important than the last.
Thursday night was no exception as the Sullivan South Rebels traveled to Warrior Hill to take on Happy Valley.
The girls’ squads from both schools were the ones to kick things off and the Lady Rebels came out of the gate blazing hot.
After gaining all the momentum in the opening minutes, the Lady Rebels took a 12-6 lead to close out the first quarter.
However, as the game progressed, the Lady Warriors began to take over the game and begin an impressive comeback. Going into the break, Happy Valley had cut the lead to three, 24-21.
Coming out of the halftime break, the Lady Rebels once again took control of the game and went on a run to give South a 39-29 lead going into the final period.
Despite their best attempts to take the lead late in the game, it wouldn’t be enough for the Lady Warriors as Sullivan South would come out on top, 49-33.
In the win, Nicole Troutman led the Lady Rebels with 14 points.
For the Lady Warriors, Shaylyn Whitson led her team with 12 points followed by Jaiden Clark and Olivia Absher who scored eight and five points respectively.
After a short intermission, it was time for the boys’ teams to do battle.
Both teams came out firing on all cylinders matching every move made by the opposition.
However, in the closing seconds of the first quarter, the Rebels would hit a mid-range shot to give them a two-point advantage over Happy Valley, 15-13.
The second quarter was when the Rebels finally started to gain an advantage but the Warriors would go on a run of their own to make it a close game going into the halftime break trailing 37-32.
The second half was the deciding point in the game as the Rebels dominated both the third and fourth quarters of play.
No matter what the Warriors tried it wasn’t enough to match Sullivan South as the Rebels would go on to win by a score of 73-56.
For the Rebels, Cole Layne led his team in points with 26 followed by Camden Necessary with 13.
In the Warriors’ effort,  Blake Young and Alex Lunceford put up 12 points apiece while James Harmon and Dylan Willis each contributed eight points.

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