ALCOA, Tenn. — With two wins over Kingston already chalked up this season, Scott entered Friday's District 4-AA tournament needing another win over the Yellow Jackets to keep its season alive. The Highlanders took care of business, shooting over 50 percent from the field and seeing three players score in double figures en route to a 64-52 win.
Stephen Butts finished with 15 points and six assists, and hit a couple of 3-point shots, as the Highlanders led most of the night. Logan Lowe added 14 points and Jacob Myers 13.
Jeremiah Adkins had 15 rebounds to accompany nine points.
The Highlanders did not shoot well from 3-point range, hitting just 18 percent, or from the free throw line, where they shot just 42 percent. But Scott shot 55 percent from the field, which was enough to power them by Kingston, which did not shoot remarkably better from the free throw line, hitting only 50 percent of its attempts.
Quint Gasque had 13 points to lead the Yellow Jackets.
Scott built a 6-point halftime lead and turned that into a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter, then held the Yellow Jackets at bay down the stretch.
The win propelled Scott into a semifinal rematch with Alcoa. The Tornadoes are the No. 1 seed in the tournament and have the luxury of playing Saturday's game on their home court, but the Highlanders have taken them to the wire twice this season. In the earlier game at Alcoa, the Tornadoes needed overtime to survive. In a second regular season game in Huntsville, Scott led by five points late in the third quarter before Alcoa surged late in the game to pull off a 68-54 win.
SCOTT (64): Stephen Butts 15, Logan Lowe 14, Jacob Myers 13, Jeremiah Adkins 9, Caleb Crabtree 7, Ryne Muse 4, Joe Cross 2.
KINGSTON (52): Quint Gasque 13, Aaron Sampson 11, Tyler Hughes 10, Tyler Thompson 7, Brandon Anderson 6, Bret Plemons 2, Riley Adcock 2, Bryson Ashford 1.