Oak Ridge senior guard Marcus Smith scored a career-high 34 points as the Wildcats and Lady Wildcats swept Karns at home on Tuesday.
Smith also had eight rebounds and five assists during the 82-65 win over the Beavers at Wildcat Arena.
“I was really proud of Marcus,” Oak Ridge Coach Aaron Green said.
Eleven of his points were from the free throw line, where Smith was 11-of-15.
Oak Ridge senior guard JaVonte Thomas scored 18 points for the Wildcats (6-1, 3-0 District 3-AAA) and pulled down 10 rebounds. Senior guard Joe Kesterson added 10 points, with nine of those on three-point shots. Junior guard Isaiah Johnson scored eight, and sophomore forward Jeremy Miller had six points and 10 rebounds.
Karns (1-2, 2-4) took an early lead, but Oak Ridge took the lead for good with about 3.5 minutes left in the first quarter.
The Beavers were led by senior guard/wing Tee Hodge-Harper, who scored 18 points. Senior guard Caleb Keeter and senior post Mark Vance each added nine points for Karns, and junior point guard Tre Hawkins and junior wing Dalton Greer each had eight.
Oak Ridge and Karns have been among the top three teams in their district for at least the past several years.
The girls’ game wasn’t close. The Lady Wildcats defeated the Lady Beavers 84-24.
Oak Ridge (3-1, 2-1) was led by senior guard Jada Guinn with 22 points. Junior forward Bri Dunbar scored 17, including on two three-point shots, and sophomore guard Khamari Mitchell-Steen had 15 and freshman forward Gracie Hearon added 13, including on three three-point shots.
Karns was led by freshman point guard Anna Kate Reichter, who scored eight points for the Lady Beavers. Junior shooting guard/small forward Destiny Bailey added six, and senior shooting guard/small forward Benia Cannon-Jones had five.
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