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Sullivan South celebrates homecoming with sweep of Volunteer

By PAT KENNEY, Sports Correspondent • Feb 1, 2020 at 2:13 AM

KINGSPORT — Sullivan South scored early and often in its homecoming matchup with Volunteer, coming away with a 79-50 nonconference win on Friday night.

The Rebels (22-3) opened the game on a 9-0 run and built their advantage to 44-24 by halftime. A 13-0 run to start the second half broke the game wide open, and the South bench did much of the work from there.

South’s subs totaled 27 points.

“It was nice this time of year to get out of conference and have the opportunity to play a bunch of our young guys,” said South coach Michael McMeans. “And most of those guys are freshmen, so that gives them some valuable game experience.”

Gannon Chase led the South starters with 22 points and Ben Diamond added 11. Creed Musick came off the bench and tallied 10 points for the Rebels, going 8-for-8 from the free-throw line.

Sophomore Heath Miller led the youthful Falcons (7-19) with 11 points.

Mike Poe’s Volunteer squad starts two freshmen and a sophomore.

“We’re just very young,” Poe noted. “We turn it over too much and don’t shoot it well. But those things are correctable.

“South is a strong ball team. The ball never gets stuck in one place. They always find the open man. I think they should do well in postseason play.”

TROUTMAN FOR THE WIN

Senior Nicole Troutman sank a 15-foot jumper with 46 seconds left to play to lift the motivated Lady Rebels to a 51-49 victory over the Lady Falcons (12-12).

“The play wasn’t designed for me, but when the ball came to me I didn’t hesitate. I just shot it,” Troutman said.

With time running out and Volunteer on the attack, Troutman scooped up a loose ball and then sealed the win.

The Lady Rebels had extra motivation to gain the victory following the death of coach Terry Hutson’s mother, who passed away earlier in the week.

“As we broke our huddle before the game, we knew we had to power through and win this game for coach and his mother,” Troutman said.

South led by 13 early in the fourth quarter only to see the Lady Falcons charge back to tie the game at 49 with a minute remaining.

“We just played ourselves out of it in the first half,” said Lady Falcons coach Tyrone Smith. “But I was proud of the way the girls fought back in the second half.

Troutman finished with 10 points and eight rebounds, and Allie Jordan added 10 points.

Volunteer’s Audrey Evans led all scorers with 20 points. Aliyah Crawley added nine.

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