McCarty

Sydney McCarty and Gatlinburg-Pittman ran past Carter on Monday night in a 40 point win.

Gatlinburg-Pittman Lady Highlanders 64, Carter 14Gatlinburg-Pittman’s intense defense led them to an easy victory over Carter on Monday night.

The Lady Hornets connected on only five shots the entire game with three of those coming in the first quarter.

Gatlinburg-Pittman (9-7) led 27-7 after one quarter behind a strong shooting performance from Bailey Lane who knocked down three threes early. She finished with all 11 of her points in the first quarter, while Sydney McCarty added nine first-quarter points.

Their offensive onslaught continued in the second quarter as Taylor Reed scored several buckets, and the Lady Highlanders led 45-9 at halftime.

Gatlinburg-Pittman had a balanced scoring effort in the win as Maddy Newman led them with 13 points, while Lane and McCarty had 11 each. Reed had 10 and Lily Stinnett added nine.

Gatlinburg-Pittman boys basketball 62, Carter 60 The Highlanders were without Wyatt Smith on Monday night vs. Carter, but they had several players step up in Kevin Burkett, Grady Branton, Carlos Orr and Briggs Jones.

Gatlinburg-Pittman trailed 45-40 entering the fourth quarter, but Orr, who has come into his own as of late, scored 11 points over the last eight minutes to lead them to a come-from-behind win.

Burkett led the way with 17 points, while Jones had 15, Branton had 14 and Orr scored 13.

The Highlanders (7-4) led 25-23 at halftime, but a 22-point third quarter from the Hornets allowed them to take the lead going into the fourth quarter.

“It was a great team win especially without Wyatt,” Gatlinburg-Pittman head coach Rashid Moore said. “We didn’t play great, but we played hard and I’ll take it.”

Cocke County 68, Pigeon Forge girls basketball 48The Lady Tigers were coming off a win last week over Union County, but they couldn’t continue their momentum as Cocke County dismantled them on Monday night at home.

Pigeon Forge went ice cold in the first half trailing by 32, 46-14, entering the second half and giving themselves little chance at a comeback.

They trailed 21-7 at the end of the first quarter giving up several threes early to put them in the big hole.

Pigeon Forge (6-8) was led with three scorers in double digits. Ana Naas led them with 14 points, Sarah Teaster had 12 and Halle Hensley added 11.

Cocke County 58, Pigeon Forge boys basketball 56Pigeon Forge led Cocke County by double digits early on Monday night, and they appeared to be heading to a victory with a nine point, 43-34, lead going into the fourth quarter.

The Tigers (5-8) couldn’t seem get a bucket over the final eight minutes though, allowing Cocke County to surge back.

Pigeon Forge made only two baskets and nine free throws, before falling in a dramatic finish.

Cocke County, who had lost seven contests in a row, scored only 14 points in the first half, but the Tigers defensive effort in the second half loosened up putting the win out of their grasp.

Keegan Rayfield led Pigeon Forge with 20 points, while Bryson King had 14. Caleb Hughes also added 10 in the loss.