Gatlinburg-Pittman 59, Heritage 58
Gatlinburg-Pittman opened the season in thrilling fashion on Monday with a come-from-behind win over Heritage.
Down 40-34 entering the fourth quarter, the Lady Highlanders (1-0 overall) attacked the basket and forced the Lady Mountaineers to put them on the free throw line.
In the end, they made 11 of their 14 free throw attempts and rallied for a late win.
Senior Lily Stinnett made five foul shots in the fourth quarter, while Graycee Valentine and Kayle Yates hit threes in the quarter.
Sophomore Maddy Newman was the Lady Highlanders’ leading scoring with 18 points, while Leah Stinnett finished with 10, Lily and Valentine both scored 9.
Northview Academy 45, Jefferson County 27
Northview Academy’s defense led the way in a victory over 4A Jefferson County on Monday.
They led the Lady Patriots 20-14 at the half, but then in the second half, the Lady Cougars turned things up a notch, holding Jefferson County for the first 12 minutes of the half.
They pushed their lead to 34-14 before sending in the bench.
Reagan Brown led the way for the Lady Cougars (2-1 overall) with 12 points, while Josie Horner added 10 points and seven boards.
Clare Torres had six points and six rebounds, while Leny Torres had seven boards and Jordan White recorded three steals.
“Tonight was a very well balanced team win,” Northview Academy head coach Brooke Shelley said. “We came out and executed the game plan very well and played really hard. Im really proud of the fight the team showed tonight. Jeff County is a really good basketball team but we just had their number tonight. Our defensive intensity and discipline on the boards was the difference in the game.”
Pigeon Forge fell behind North Hall, Georgia, 19-7, after one quarter, but then a strong second quarter gave them life.
The Lady Tigers (0-3 overall) exploded for 20 points in the second, giving them a 27-26 lead going into halftime.
Paiton Whaley, Karley Blalock and Kenzi Fleming all hit three pointers in the quarter, while Halle Hensley attacked the hoop and made five of six free throws.
In the end, their strong second quarter wasn’t enough though and a six point third quarter allowed North Hall to pull away ever so slightly.
Hensley led the way with 20 points for the Lady Tigers, while Whaley scored nine.
Pigeon Forge did go 15 of 16 from the free throw line in the loss.