OLIVER SPRINGS, Tenn. | The four-minute mark of the fourth quarter felt like a turning point for Scott High School.
Leading by six points, Apostolic Christian Academy saw its star point guard, Patrick Carey foul out. Then Carey received a technical foul on his way to the bench. The Highlanders would be awarded four free throws and possession of the basketball.
Scott was unable to capitalize. But later, as time ticked away, the Highlanders were again awarded a golden opportunity when Garrett Jones fouled out and was also hit with a technical foul. Again, the Highlanders had four free throws and possession.
But, again, Scott was unable to fully capitalize.
As a result, Apostolic held on for a 68-66 win over the Highlanders, avenging a lopsided loss on Scott High’s home floor earlier this season.
Malachi Hamer was a big reason why. While Carey — who did not play in the first meeting between the two schools — finished with 21 points, Hamer surprised everyone with 27 points. The big man was a non-factor in the first game between the two teams.
Scott High, which has made a habit of falling behind early and then attempting to battle back late, found itself down 11 points early in Tuesday’s game, which was played at Mt. Pisgah Christian Academy outside Oliver Springs.
The Highlanders battled back in the second quarter and even had the lead. But once Apostolic built a six-point lead in the fourth quarter, the Highlanders never led again.
Still, Scott had multiple opportunities to tie the game or take the lead in the final minute, but were unable to score.
It was an uncharacteristic struggle for Scott High shooting the ball. The Highlanders finished 37% from the field and were only 56% from the free throw line.
Grey Todd finished with 20 points to lead his team. Toby Garrett had 13 points and seven rebounds. Kayleb Woodward had 11 rebounds to go with nine points. Scott Jeffers finished with a team-high six assists.
Scott High, fresh off an emotional win over Anderson County four days earlier, were unable to string together back-to-back wins ahead of Friday’s monumentally important district game at Clinton.
Both teams shot plenty of free throws. There were a total of 52 free throws attempted between the two teams, and both teams had players foul out of the game.
SCOTT (66): Todd 20, Garrett 13, Woodward 9,Babb 9, Strunk 8, Jeffers 7.
APOSTOLIC (68): Hamer 27, Carey 21, Blankenship 12, Russell 4, Debusk 2, Wilson 2.