BLOUNTVILLE – Tennessee swept Virginia on Friday in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Virginia – Tennessee All-Star Senior Basketball games.
Competitions at the Evelyn Rafalowski Sports Complex in West Ridge brought together some of the best senior prep players from across the region.
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Led by team MVP Kenyan Cutlip of Science Hill, Tennessee took a 17-4 lead in the first five minutes and held off Virginia in the second half to claim a 101-85 win.
Cutlip was one of four Tennessee players to finish in double digits.
The Pikeville University signee had a game-high 24 points.
“It was a lot of fun,” Cutlip said. “I’m just going to put the uniform back on one last time. Also, a bunch of us know each other from the Virginia and Tennessee teams. So, it was just having a good time and playing basketball.
Sullivan East’s Braden Standbridge scored 18 points for Team Tennessee, while Science Hill’s Michaeus Rowe finished with 17 and Volunteer’s Garrison Barrett added 11.
Dobyns-Bennett coach Chris Poore, who led the Indians to the TSSAA Group 4A state championship this season, said it was fun for the players and coaches to be back on hardwood.
“It’s just fun to see a group of guys in our area who have earned the opportunity to get on this floor,” Poore said. “The opportunity they got was well deserved. It was deserved. It was a lot of hard work for them to come out and play.
Graham’s David Graves led the Virginia team with 23 points, while Wise County Christian School’s John Wesley Meade finished with 14.
The Virginia team also got 12 points from Kaleb Morgan of Graham and 10 each from Siler Watson of Fort Chiswell and Owen Walters of Blackburg.
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David Crockett’s Kadence Fannon of Tennessee scored 16 points to lead his team to an 88-72 win.
“It’s an amazing opportunity and I’m so lucky to be able to play in this game. It meant a lot to me.”
DB’s Olivia Doran scored 14 points, while Greeneville’s Delana Debusk added 13 and West Ridge’s Emma Niebruegge finished with 11.
Virginia got 22 points from Hannah Huffaman of Auburn, while Ally Fleenor of Pulaski County had 10.
State Line Run’s Rebekah Clark scored 12 points and Graham’s Elle Gunter added 10.