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Smith goes for 33 as Lady Toppers whip Volunteer

Douglas Fritz • Updated Jan 4, 2019 at 11:14 PM

CHURCH HILL — It was a good team win, but it was Alasia Smith’s night to shine.

Science Hill’s athletic forward dropped a career-high 33 points on Volunteer and the Lady Hilltoppers earned a 69-36 basketball win Friday night at the Falcons’ gym.

Science Hill (15-2) improved to 3-1 in Big Seven Conference play. Volunteer (4-9) slipped to 0-3 in the league.

SMITH FACTOR

It seemed like Smith was scoring at will. She totaled six points in the first quarter, following it up with nine, eight and 10 in the next three quarters, respectively.

Smith said a recent tournament convinced her she needed to play at a higher level.

“When we came back from Charlotte, I felt like I needed to step up my game, and I needed to take it to the rim,” she said.

Head coach Scottie Whaley said Smith is a reflection of the steady play of her teammates.

“Her and our whole team have really played well the last three weeks,” said Whaley. “We’re extremely unselfish. You saw tonight. We moved the basketball. It was a good effort by our kids, and Alasia has really done a great job here lately.”

EARLY BLITZ

Science Hill was ready from the opening tip, slapping Volunteer with a 17-0 deficit by blending efficient offense with a refuse-to-give-in defense.

It took Volunteer almost five minutes to score, but the Lady Falcons did a nice job of steadying themselves. They finished the first quarter strong and trailed, 20-8.

Science Hill has enjoyed some strong starts this season before allowing the opponent to get a little too comfortable.

“It’s a double-edged sword,” said Whaley. “You always want to get off to a good start. I think sometimes we get a little tired. I’ve got to do a better job of rotating our players. I will take a good start anytime, but we’ve got to be able to maintain that intensity for four quarters.”

MAINTAINING

Volunteer did a nice job of staying competitive. The Lady Falcons were knocking at the door of getting inside double digits, but Science Hill had answers.

It was 41-24 at halftime, and the Lady Hilltoppers expanded their lead to 24 points (56-32) at the end of three periods.

OTHER STANDOUTS

Symantha Fugate complemented Smith’s effort with 11 points of her own. Jeila Greenlee added eight points while Erin Egerbrecht totaled seven.

For Volunteer, Kennedy Knittle had 14 points while Atlee Dean contributed 13.

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