KNOXVILLE — After forcing a 36-36 tie at the halftime break, Scott saw Carter's high-octane offensive attack begin to seize control of the momentum in the second half of Saturday's Region 2-AA quarterfinal here, as the Hornets pulled away for a 106-79 win.
Carter, which features one of the highest-scoring teams in Tennessee high school basketball, topped the century mark for a second consecutive game.
The Highlanders ran into a Hornets team that appears to be peaking at the right time. After finishing fourth in District 3-AA in the regular season, the Hornets stormed their way to a district championship earlier this week, defeating Gatlinburg-Pittman in the championship game.
In Saturday's elimination game, Scott fell behind early, but battled back to tie the game late in the second quarter.
Scott would ultimately tie the game, and that is where things stood at halftime.
Logan Lowe scored 21 points to lead the Highlanders in scoring.
Meanwhile, Jeremiah Adkins had one of his best games of the season, scoring 15 points on 7 of 8 shooting.
But foul problems proved to be an issue in the third quarter. With several starters forced to sit due to foul issues, the Hornets began to create a gap on the scoreboard, and the Highlanders were unable to recover.
Scott fans who made the trip to Strawberry Plains for Saturday's game were irate with some of the questionable calls that went against the Highlanders. By the end of the game, both Adkins and Stephen Butts — who finished with 20 points and was a perfect 8-of-8 from the line — had fouled out. Jacob Myers who scored a double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds, finished with four fouls.
The Highlanders played well, turning in one of their highest-scoring performances of the season while shooting 49 percent from the field and 80 percent — 20 of 25 — from the free throw line.
Carter finished 12 of 20 from the line but knocked down 42 field goal attempts to make up the difference. The Hornets had 10 made 3-pointers, six of them by Tucker Greene, who finished with 21 points.
Saturday's game was the final game for both Myers and Adkins, as well as for fellow seniors Jake Storey, Joe Cross, Jordan Chambers and Ryne Muse.
SCOTT (79): Logan Lowe 21, Stephen Butts 20, Jacob Myers 17, Jeremiah Adkins 15, Ryne Muse 4, Joe Cross 2.
CARTER (106): Jordan Bowden 27, Tucker Greene 21, Hank Black 18, Shaun Winton 13, Patrick Blake 13, Charles Mitchell 4, Alex Hayes 4, John Woodruff 3, Austin Hayes 3.