Maryville Lady Rebels then quickly swept past to assert control, eventually taking the opening quarter, 22-6, at the Blount Today High School Basketball Jamboree on Monday at William Blount.
With the regular season beginning in earnest for many teams next week, Alcoa, Heritage, Maryville and William Blount were each looking shake any lingering preseason jitters. The Lady Rebels got 3s from Abbie Harper and last seasons district steals champion Meredith Niethammer in the impressive quarter with the Lady Tornadoes.
"Maryville should be strong this year," Heritage coach Rick Howard said.
The second quarter saw a rematch of last years regular-season and district-tournament champions, with Traci Hardimans 3-pointer putting the Lady Mountaineers out front to stay in an eventual 13-9 decision over William Blount. Junior Christine Conner would tally from long range for the Lady Governors.
Maryvilles Rebels and Alcoas Tornadoes, both missing several key players still with the two schools respective football teams in the playoffs, delivered a spirited third quarter. The Rebels pressed the Tornadoes throughout and held on to finish the period ahead, 12-11. Trey Sewell lived up to his nickname, twice connecting from downtown for Alcoa. Will Jolley found the range on a momentum-snatching 3-pointer for Maryville midway through the quarter.
The host Governors and Mountaineers didnt disappoint in the nightcap. Michael Haynes canned a 3-pointer from the corner to pull Heritage within one inside the final minute, but William Blount made Micah Ballards drive seconds earlier stand up for a 15-14 win.
William Blounts Jessica Houser and Billy Tipton claimed the halftime free-throw shooting contest, with Maryvilles Acacia Edmiston and the Governors Michael Thompson best in the 3-point contest.
Edmiston outdueled William Blounts Leah Kelley in an extra-session shoot-off, during which the Lady Rebel sharpshooter went 5-for-5 from the arc, Kelly 4-of-5.
Maryvilles Pauel Ilin made it look easy in slamming his way to the win in the dunk contest, besting a pair of Rebel teammates with little trouble.