ALCOA, Tenn. — Stephen Butts scored 24 points to lead all scorers here Saturday, but it was not enough to overcome a determined effort from District 4-AA's number one seed, as the home-standing Tornadoes pulled away in the second half for a 71-58 win over the Highlanders.
For the third time this season, Scott gave top-seeded Alcoa all it wanted. But, for the third time this season, the Tornadoes were able to pull out the win over the Highlanders.
Brandon Teeter scored 18 points to lead three Alcoa players in double figures, as the Tornadoes advanced to Tuesday's district championship game.
Teeter scored eight points in the first quarter as Alcoa jumped to a 17-9 lead, and it appeared as though Saturday's game might be different from the two teams' regular season meetings, each of which saw the Highlanders stand toe-to-toe with Alcoa.
But the second quarter proved quite different. Behind Butts, the Highlanders rallied to pull even with the Tornadoes, and trailed by just one — 30-29 — at the half. Butts scored 16 points, including three 3-point shots, in the second period to power the Highlanders' 20-13 rally.
Malik Love scored nine of his 15 points in the third quarter to power Alcoa out of the locker room in the second half. But Logan Lowe scored seven of his 15 in the third as well. The difference came elsewhere — Scott's only other field goal was a Butts 3-pointer, while Peyton Wall scored six of his 15 to help propel Alcoa to a 21-12 run that saw the Tornadoes on their way to a double-digit lead.
The Tornadoes built the lead to as much as 14 points briefly in the fourth quarter. The Highlanders were unable to make a late push to force a repeat of the regular season game between the two teams on the same court, which featured an overtime finish.
The Highlanders will play for third place in Monday's District 4-AA consolation game, which is slated to tip off at 7:30 p.m. at Alcoa.
SCOTT (58): Stephen Butts 24, Logan Lowe 15, Jacob Myers 8, Caleb Crabtree 7, Jeremiah Adkins 4.
ALCOA (71): Brandon Teeter 18, Malik Love 15, Peyton Wall 15, Nick Miller 7, Garrett Anderson 6, Niko White 5, Braxton Dockery 5.