Lady ‘Toppers, UH boys going to state tournament

Science Hill guard Jelia Greenlee lines up a jump shot during a Class AAA sectional contest against Maryville last Saturday night. Greenlee scored 19 points to help the Lady Hilltoppers earn their first trip to the state tournament in six years. PHOTO BY COLLIN BROOKS

The Science Hill Lady Hilltoppers and the University High Bucs both punched their tickets to the upcoming TSSAA state basketball tournament.

The Lady ‘Toppers overcame some poor foul shooting thanks to a tremendous effort by the duo of Alasia Smith and Jelia Greenlee, who combined to score 46 points in Science Hill’s 55-52 Class AAA sectional win over Maryville on Saturday night. On Monday, University High’s boys used a stingy defensive effort to turn back Harriman 45-33 in a Class A sectional contest.

Science Hill’s girls missed a boatload of free throws down the stretch, but they would not be denied their first trip to Murfreesboro in six years. Smith led Science Hill (31-3) with 27 points while Greenlee added 19. Erin Egerbrecht hit two foul shots with 15 seconds left to provide the final margin of victory.

Meanwhile, University High (29-5) shut down Harriman’s offense en route to a dominant victory. Kaleb Meredith led the Bucs with 10 points.

Science Hill’s Alasia Smith cuts down the net after scoring 27 points to help lead her team to victory. PHOTO BY COLLIN BROOKS
Erin Egerbrecht hugs Science Hill head coach Scottie Whaley moments after the final buzzer. Egerbrecht hit a pair of clutch free throws in the final seconds. PHOTO BY COLLIN BROOKS

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