HUNTSVILLE — A “good day for Highlander basketball.” That’s how Scott High head coach Jordan Jeffers summed things up Saturday night, after a larger-than-usual, more-amped-than-usual crowd for so early in the season watched his team dominate its biggest rival to cap the Twin K Hall of Fame Classic at Highlander Gymnasium.
As it turned out, Scott High’s game against Kingston in the Twin K night cap — a rematch of last year’s triple overtime thriller in the region semifinals — wasn’t nearly as much fun as last year’s postseason game, even though that’s the game most of those on hand at Highlander Gymnasium were there to see.
That’s because Scott High avenged its season-ending loss in a big way, with a 95-68 win over the Yellow Jackets in a game that featured a running clock late after the Highlanders built a 35-point lead in the fourth quarter.
As it turned out, Scott High’s most thrilling game of the day was the one relatively few people saw: A 76-69, come-from-behind win over Powell Saturday morning.
Both wins were possible in large part because Trey Morrow did Trey Morrow things. The Highlander senior — who was honored before the start of the Kingston game for becoming the first player in Scott High history to amass at least 1,000 career rebounds — scored 38 points in the win over the Yellow Jackets, after a career-high 42 points to power the comeback win over the Panthers.
Morrow finished the double header with 80 points and 23 rebounds, just days after scoring 71 points and 22 rebounds in a double header win over the Knox Ambassadors and Union County.
With the wins, the Highlanders are 4-0 on the young season. But it didn’t look like the third win was going to happen. Powell hit a buzzer-beater to take a 40-39 lead to the halftime locker room, then appeared to be on its way to a big win after taking a double-digit lead over the Highlanders in the third quarter.
Austin Heard — who finished with a team-high 27 points — was big for Powell in the third. Heard scored 11 of his 27 points in the third stanza alone. As for Powell’s defense, it managed to find a way to hold Morrow in check after Morrow scored 25 of Scott’s 39 first half points.
Until Morrow scored a pair of buckets in the final minute of the third quarter, Scott High’s only field goals in the third were a pair of buckets early in the quarter by Toby Garrett.
But the Highlanders had already begun to trim back. Energized by a pair of charges drawn by Scott Jeffers, Scott High had closed the gap to 55-51 as the fourth quarter began.
And then Morrow took over. The senior scored 13 points in the fourth quarter. Luke West added seven of his 13 in the final period, and the Highlanders knocked down 13 of 14 free throws as a team in the final eight minutes.
Powell, meanwhile, had four different players foul out of the game.
In the night cap against Kingston, things were never close. Morrow had 38 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Highlander onslaught, as Scott scored early and often against the Yellow Jackets. The 95-point effort marked the Highlanders’ first 90-point outing since a win over Oakdale on Jan. 21, 2020, and marked the most points scored by a Scott High team in 14 years.
Luke West was also impressive, with 18 points and three assists, while Dalton Prewitt had 10 points and three assists. Toby Garrett had eight points and six rebounds, while Skye Babb scored six points in an effort that energized the Highlander crowd late in the second quarter. Grey Todd hit a pair of fourth quarter 3-pointers.