HUNTSVILLE — It would not have changed the regular season standings for either team, but Scott High came close to scoring District 4-AA’s biggest upset of the current season on Friday, taking CAK to the wire before falling, 63-59.
The Highlanders led the entire first half before falling behind in the third quarter. Still, the game was close until the final horn, when CAK was able to build just enough of a lead to pull out the win.
Freshman Logan Goodman finished with 16 points for the Highlanders, including four 3-pointers, while Billy Hall added 13 points in his final home game in a Highlander uniform.
But CAK’s Hunter Reynolds was tough to stop, knocking down four 3-point shots and finishing with 21 points despite spending part of the second half on the bench with foul problems.
Isaiah Sulack added 17 points and three 3-pointers, while Turner Helton had 16 for the Warriors.
It was Reynolds who single-handedly kept the Warriors in the game early, scoring CAK’s first nine points on three consecutive 3-pointers.
Otherwise, the Highlanders would have built a sizeable lead in the early going, storming out of the gate and firing on all cylinders. Hayden Byrge scored seven first quarter points on his way to a 10-point first half.
The second half was more of the same. While Scott’s production slowed down on the offensive end, so did CAK’s, as the Highlanders stepped up their defense. By winning most 50/50 balls — JoBen Terry had eight assists and four steals, while Hall and Mason Tucker each finished with six rebounds — the Highlanders were able to keep CAK on the ropes.
The Warriors finally took the lead for good in the game’s final three minutes, building a five-point lead as the seconds wound down.
Caleb Ball hit a 3-point shot with three-tenths of a second left to cut the lead to two points, 63-61.
The Highlanders will face Kingston in Alcoa in the first round of the District 4-AA Tournament on Thursday.
SCOTT (59): Goodman 16, Hall 13, Byrge 10, Ball 7, Tucker 5, Terry 5, Babb 3.
CAK (63): Reynolds 21, Sulack 17, Helton 16, Bower 3, Tanner 2, Heitzman 2, Stauffer 2.
Karns 87, Scott 85: It was a pair of free throws that sealed the deal for Karns in a non-district game at Highlander Gymnasium on Monday, Feb. 6. That, perhaps, should have been no surprise.
The Beavers’ 87-85 overtime win over the Highlanders was littered with free throws, and Karns scored 12 of its 15 overtime points at the free throw line.
Scott, too, shot plenty of free throws in the game. But it was missed free throws in the overtime session that hurt the Highlanders the most.
Scott led most of the night, but Karns battled back in the fourth quarter — thanks in no small part to the free throw line — to force overtime.
The game appeared to be headed for a second overtime, but a late foul and a pair of free throws allowed the Beavers to pull out the win.
The two teams combined for 81 free throw attempts in the foul-plagued game. Karns finished 22 of 37 at the line, for 60 percent, but hit 12 of 14 in the overtime session. Scott was 28 of 44 at the line, for 64 percent, including seven of 12 in overtime.
Karns built an early lead, thanks to Quincey Sibley scoring all six of his points in the opening period.
The Highlanders, though, would battle back to lead most of the night, thanks to a big night from freshman Logan Goodman, who finished with 24 points and nine rebounds.
Senior Billy Hall added 18 points, while senior JoBen Terry had 13 points and six assists.
It was Hall who powered the Highlanders into the lead in the second quarter, scoring nine points as the Highlanders went on a 25-18 run. Caleb Ball and Kadon Babb had key 3-point shots to help the Highlanders to a 40-37 halftime lead.
The third quarter was close, but continued to find the Highlanders in front, thanks to nine points from Goodman.
Leading 59-55 as the fourth quarter began, Scott saw Karns battle back to force overtime, despite seven more points from Goodman and another key 3-point shot from Babb.
In overtime, Terry had two field goals, while Hayden Byrge added another. Those were the only shots the Highlanders would hit from the field in the extra session, while Karns’ only field goal in overtime came on a 3-point shot by Teahzjawon Hodge Harper, who finished with 20 points. But the free throw line was the difference for the Beavers.
SCOTT (85): Goodman 24, Hall 18, Terry 13, Ball 9, Byrge 9, Babb 8, Tucker 2, Chambers 2.
KARNS (87): Hodge Harper 20, Hawkins 13, Campbell 12, Keeter 12, Everett 11, Harper 11, Sibley 6, Cooper 2.