State Bound


Late rally lifts Lady Hilltoppers to state tournament

The Science Hill girls basketball team staged an epic comeback in the final minute to beat Knox Bearden and secure a trip to this week’s TSSAA State Tournament in Murfreesboro. PHOTOS BY COLLIN BROOKS

After trailing for most of the game, the Science Hill Lady Hilltoppers used a late surge to steal a thrilling come-from-behind victory over Knox Bearden in Saturday night’s Class AAA Sectional contest.

The Science Hill bench begins to celebrate after Alasia Smith (right) makes a steal to end the game.

Science Hill trailed by as many as nine points before rallying to take the lead in the final minute and holding on for a thrilling 49-47 victory. Senior Alasia Smith put the Lady Hilltoppers ahead with a layup, and following a free throw by Erin Egerbrecht with 2.3 seconds left, Smith stole an inbounds pass to seal the victory.

Science Hill’s Jeila Greenlee surveys the floor.

Smith led the Lady Hilltoppers (28-7) with 18 points. With the victory, Science Hill was able to advance to the state tournament, where the Lady ‘Toppers are scheduled to play Stone Memorial in the quarterfinals on March 11. Saturday’s win was Science Hill’s 17th straight, a streak that coincidentally stretches back to a non-conference loss to Stone Memorial on Jan. 11.


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