Heading into the second half with an 11-point lead, the Patriots utilized an up-tempo style of play. East forced Happy Valley into a number of turnovers and scored quick baskets, pulling away for good after a 22-4 run to open the second half.
“I thought we came out and played really well in the third quarter,” said Sullivan East head coach John Dyer. “I thought Happy Valley played great early. They have some really good players. Now, we just have to get ready for Wednesday.”
Wednesday marks the first round of the District 1-AA tournament at Elizabethton.
With the win, Sullivan East clinches second place in the Three Rivers Conference standings, trailing only Unicoi County. The Patriots defeated Unicoi County 10 days ago in Bluff City.
The Patriots did not lack firepower coming out of the locker room for the final 16 minutes, outscoring their conference opponents 35-19 in the second half.
The trio of Dustin Bartley (17 points), Adam Davison (15) and Trey Lowe (10) each scored in double digits for the Pats, combining for 42 points. Dakota Cochran led Happy Valley with 12.
Sullivan East 59, Happy Valley 31
Sullivan East certainly was not afraid to shoot from downtown Friday night, as 11 three-point buckets helped spark a 59-31 victory over Happy Valley.
After falling behind 33-16 at halftime, the short-handed Lady Warriors attempted to surge back with a 9-0 run. Back-to-back three-pointers by Sullivan East’s Kylee Wolfe and Megan Ollis snapped the run.
With a 43-31 lead in the fourth, the game took a defensive shift. The Lady Patriots did not allow any points in the final 8:00.
MARKING TERRITORY EARLY
After opening the game deadlocked at 5-5, the home-standing Lady Patriots defended their hardwood with a 17-1 run to make the score 22-6. The run began with 4:00 remaining in the first quarter and lasted over eight minutes.
LEADING THE TROOPS
Wolfe led the Lady Pats with 16 points, which included four 3-point buckets. Oliis and Kassidy Nelson each chipped in 11, while Happy Valley’s Emily Lunceford led her team with 10.