HUNTSVILLE — There are hot starts, then there’s the kind of start that Jamestown’s Landrick Leffew had at Scott High Saturday evening.
In the nightcap at the United Cumberland Bank Classic, Leffew had 14 first quarter points to power York Institute to a 28-10 lead over the Highlanders after the first eight minutes of play.
And though Scott would actually out-score York the rest of the way, that red-hot start was too much for the Highlanders to overcome, as the Dragons pulled out a 65-49 win.
The loss was Scott’s first of the season, after a pair of wins to get the season started. Earlier on Saturday, the Highlanders picked up a 66-41 win over Jellico. And four days earlier, the Highlanders opened the season with a 63-34 win over Coalfield.
But in Saturday night’s game, it turned out to be all Leffew and the Dragons. While the Highlanders were able to make the proper defensive adjustments to shut down Leffew after that 14-point first quarter — he finished with just three points across the game’s final three quarters — the Dragons saw Roger Meadows pick up the pace in the second quarter. Meadows had 10 of his 17 in the second period, to pace a 16-12 run that gave York a 44-22 halftime lead.
The production of Meadows offset a strong second quarter by Scott High’s Caleb Ball, who had eight points in the period, including two 3-point shots. Ball would finish with a double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Highlanders.
A pedestrian third quarter saw five different York players score — none more than three — as the Dragons took a 57-33 lead to the final period.
Ball scored eight of his 20 in the fourth, and was four of five from the free throw line, while Will Blakley scored four points in the final period. York managed just eight points in the final eight minutes, but it was enough to pull out the win.
YORK (65): Leffew 17, Meadows 17, Smith 9, Peavyhouse 8, Patton 5, Christianson 5, Murdock 2, Moody 2.
SCOTT (49): Ball 20, Blakley 8, Dykes 7, Williams 6, Morrow 4, Lauderdale 2, Tucker 1, Hembree 1.
Scott 66, Jellico 41: Caleb Ball had 26 points, while Isaac Morrow had 11 points and eight rebounds, as the Highlanders powered to a 66-41 win over Jellico at Huntsville Middle School Saturday afternoon.
The Highlanders used a huge third quarter — putting 29 points on the board in eight minutes — to put the Blue Devils away. Eight different Scott High players scored in that third stanza, with Morrow scoring six of his 11 to lead the way.
Ironically, Jellico’s Jerney Ivey was at his best in the third quarter. He hit two 3-point shots and had 11 points, but the only other scoring for the Blue Devils in the quarter was an Aaron Smith 3-pointer, as the Highlanders turned a 29-19 halftime lead into a 58-33 advantage as the fourth quarter began.
Ivey finished with a game-high 23 points, including four 3-pointers, but he was the only Jellico player in double-figures.
Nine different Highlanders finished in the scoring column, as Scott won its second game of the season.
SCOTT (66): Ball 16, Morrow 11, Russ 9, Tucker 8, Williams 7, Dykes 6, Blakley 4, Babb 3, Hembree 2.
JELLICO (41): Ivey 23, Thomas 9, Smith 3, Muse 2, Wilson 2, Baird 1, Powers 1.
Scott 63, Coalfield 34: The Highlanders just got better by quarter in Tuesday’s (Nov. 14) season-opener at Highlander Gymnasium, at least from an offensive production standpoint.
Scott High put 16 points on the board in the first quarter, 18 in the second quarter and 21 in the third quarter before calling off the dogs. Along the way, the Highlanders built a 63-34 lead over Coalfield — which was playing without its football players.
Talon Williams and Kadon Babb each scored 11 points, and 14 different players scored for the Highlanders as they powered to a 29-point win over the Yellow Jackets.
Williams and Bryson Russ each knocked down 3-point shots in the opening period as the Highlanders opened a 16-7 lead. Babb knocked down seven points in the second period, as the Highlanders went on an 18-5 run to build a 34-12 halftime lead and put the game out of reach.
Three different players — Russ, Williams and Richie Dykes — hit shots from beyond the arch in the third quarter as the Highlanders pushed the lead to 55-22.
SCOTT (63): Williams 11, Babb 11, Russ 8, Dykes 7, Ball 7, Owens 4, Blakley 2, Tucker 2, Morrow 2, Lauderdale 2, Storey 2, McCarty 2, Caldwell 2, Hembree 1.
COALFIELD (34): Harvey 13, Hawk 5, Hutchinson 4, I. Lowe 4, J. Lowe 2, Kingsley 2, White 2, Seiber 2.