Fourth quarter powers Gatlinburg-Pittman past Carter

Dec. 10, 2013 @ 11:56 PM

 Gatlinburg-Pittman outscored visiting Carter by nine in the fourth quarter to pick up a 92-87 victory on Tuesday.

“We had rested a few guys in the third quarter,” said G-P coach A.J. Bennett. “(Assistant) coach (Brian) Jessie had a great scout. We knew the fourth quarter would be when we could run away with it.”

It was another night of balanced scoring for the Highlanders, led by Steffen Schroeder’s 28 points. Clay Leatherwood added 17 while Christian Maloney chipped in with 10 points. It was enough to knock off the Hornets.

“(Carter is) a very talented team,” Bennett said. “They’re going to win a lot of games. You’ve got to protect your home floor in district play.”

Cosby 71, Pigeon Forge 69, OT

PIGEON FORGE — The Tigers led by nine at halftime, 10 after three and by as much as 11 in the fourth quarter before letting the lead slip away.

“It just goes back to making those mistakes and not putting it away when we had them down,” said Pigeon Forge coach John Kucela. “We just didn’t take care of business there.”

Four Tigers reached double figures, led by 29 points from Trevor Jain. Ryan Beal added 14 and Jake Kingery scored 13 points. Nate Marine added 10.

Cosby finished with 12 3-pointers and was 10 for 10 at the foul line in overtime.

“We had things in control,” Kucela said. “We missed some layups, missed some free throws and before you know it, they’re back in it. They take the momentum and they start knocking those 3s down.”

Sevier County 54, Morristown West 47

MORRISTOWN — The Smoky Bears led by 16 entering the fourth quarter before having to hold on against the hosts.

Jacob Whaley had 15 points for Sevier County while Cody Underwood added 10. Devante Matthews and Micah Baker scored eight points each.

“It was a good learning experience because we held on to win,” said Bears coach Ken Wright. “I thought Cody played one of his best games. We’re glad to get out with the win.”

Seymour 60, Morristown East 58

MORRISTOWN — The Eagles rode a strong second half to the narrow win on the road.

Austin Arrington poured in 24 points while Gunner Gibson added 20 for Seymour.

“We made some adjustments in the third quarter,” said Eagles coach Tony Buell. “That was the key. We were missing a lot of easy shots (in the first half). I knew as long as we were patient it’d come around. We played really, really well in the second half.”

The Hurricanes had a layup at the buzzer to send the game to overtime, but Buell said the ball came off the front of the rim, allowing the Eagles to walk away with the win.

“It’s big,” Buell said. “Any time you can win one on the road is huge. It’s big for the kids. We’re building a little bit of confidence.”

Girls

Morristown West 78, Sevier County 60

MORRISTOWN — Brittany Tarr scored 38 points but it wasn’t enough carry the Bearettes after they were outscored 27-11 in the third quarter.

“We just had a bad third quarter,” said Sevier County coach Stacy Marine. “It was a combination of turnovers and a couple of stretches of not scoring. We played hard. ... We’ve just got to get more people jumping in and helping us scoring-wise.”

Olivia Maples added nine for the Bearettes, who were down just a point at halftime.

Gatlinburg-Pittman 69, Carter 24

GATLINBURG — The Highlanders scored 43 points in the middle two quarters to pull away for the win.

Haris Price led Gatlinburg-Pittman with 25 points while Dannie Luczak added 15. Carter never scored more than nine points in any quarter and the Hornets were held to just two points in the fourth quarter.

Pigeon Forge 51, Cosby 46, OT

PIGEON FORGE — The Tigers needed overtime to win this one.

Three Pigeon Forge players reached double figures, led by Callie Clabo’s 20. Sarah Hill added 11 and Rebecca Baker had 10. The Tigers moved to 7-1 on the season with a game against Maryville looming tonight.

“Good team win,” said Pigeon Forge coach Paul Reagan. “It was a hard-fought victory in overtime. Great defense, rebounding and free throw shooting propelled us to victory.”

Seymour 41, Morristown East 36

MORRISTOWN — The Eagles were able to hold on in the fourth quarter and notch their first district victory.

Mariah Flynn led the attack with 13 points while Hannah Schrimpsher added eight points and Lexi Justus finished with seven. Seymour led 33-30 after three and held the hosts to just six points in the final quarter. The Eagles outscored East in each of the four quarters.