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Sullivan South celebrates homecoming with sweep

By GENE RENFRO, Sports Correspondent • Jan 26, 2019 at 2:52 AM

KINGSPORT — Sullivan South’s basketball teams made the most of stepping outside conference play for homecoming on Friday.

The boys beat Volunteer for the third time in four meetings this season, 79-62, and the Lady Rebels won their fourth straight — and sixth in seven meetings — against the Lady Falcons, 53-37.

“It was good to be out of conference for a night and be loose to work on a few things,” South boys coach Michael McMeans said. “It was a good win for us and to score 79 points, we’re happy with that.”


In the boys’ matchup, Gannon Chase fired up 21 points — 12 after halftime — to lead the Rebels (19-7). Cole Layne, South’s leading scorer, upped his average to 13.4 per game after putting up 17, Ben Diamond scored 10 first-quarter points on his way to 18 and Chase Bowery topped his average by finishing with 15.

“They play pretty well inside-out and they have a really good basketball team,” Volunteer coach Mike Poe said of the Rebels. “They really don’t have a weakness anywhere. They can handle it well. They make open shots. They defend really well, and I would really expect those guys to make a deep run in the postseason.”


Chance Johnson matched the game best with 21 points for the Falcons (5-18). The second half saw him get 16 of his total, including a 6-for-6 effort at the free-throw line over the last 16 minutes.

Johnson helped Volunteer trim its deficit to 10 points, 70-60, after being down 61-42 to start the fourth.

Hunter Skelton contributed 13 points and Brody Hunley scored 11, hitting three 3-pointers to up his season total to 33.


The Lady Falcons’ Bryna Minton reached a personal milestone in the loss.

After entering the game two points shy of 1,000 for her career, Minton hit a 3-pointer from the corner in the middle of the third quarter to eclipse the millennium mark.

South (14-10) jumped out to a 21-4 lead after one quarter and did not look back. Mollie Leslie had a game-best 18 points and Alex Harris finished with 12 for the Lady Rebels.

Minton, who totaled four points for the game, was one of nine players to score for Volunteer (5-17). Kennedy Knittle had nine, including six in the fourth quarter, and Meredith St. Clair had five.


During South’s homecoming celebration, St. Clair was named homecoming queen.

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