The North Greene girls basketball team may be at the top of the Watauga Valley Conference, but Cloudland and Hampton are in the mix.
Science Hill returns a ton of firepower from a team that reached the TSSAA Class AAA tournament last season, so it’s no surprise the Lady Hilltoppers are favored to win the Big 7.
Other winners on the hardwood Thursday night included the David Crockett girls and boys and the Volunteer boys.
The Sullivan Central basketball teams hosted Hampton on Thursday night in a nonconference doubleheader. The Lady Cougars breezed to a 62-30 victory, but the Central boys suffered a tight, 62-59 loss to the Bulldogs.
Sullivan Central and Elizabethton are expected to have a heated battle for the top spot in the Three Rivers Conference in girls basketball.
Michael McMeans’ senior-laden Sullivan South boys basketball team earned a 74-63 win over Tennessee High on Thursday night.
Radford pulled away for a 67-43 victory over ETSU in a nonconference women’s basketball game Thursday at Brooks Gym.
University High will be the team others are chasing when league play begins in the Watauga Valley Conference.
It’s back to the top for Science Hill in Big 7 Conference boys basketball, according to preseason expectations among the coaches. The Dobyns-Bennett Indians lost most of their scoring from last year’s 30-5 team, which lost to state champion Bearden in the sectionals.
Sullivan South and Elizabethton are expected to battle it out at the top of the Three Rivers Conference in boys basketball this season.
Among other action Tuesday, the girls of Sullivan Central and the boys of Sullivan North tipped off high school basketball season with wins.
An impressive fourth-quarter rally came up just short for the Daniel Boone boys basketball team Tuesday night when the Trailblazers dropped a 62-60 decision to Greeneville.
Sullivan Central's basketball teams settled for a split Tuesday night on the road at Unaka. The Lady Cougars tipped off the night with a 66-36 win, but the boys fell to the Rangers in their matchup, 65-58.
East Tennessee State made a run at the fourth-ranked men’s basketball team in the country Tuesday night but never got over the hump.
Rennia Davis scored 15 points and Rae Burrell had a double-double to lead the No. 23 Tennessee women’s basketball team to a 73-46 victory over Stetson on Tuesday night.