The Huntland High School Hornets lost to the Summertown Eagles 79-57 at Whitwell High School Monday in a first-round game for the Whitwell Thanksgiving Tournament.
The game slipped away from the Hornets in the second half as the Eagles rode a major offensive surge to give them a blowout loss.
The Eagles opened the contest on a 16-7 run to create some early separation, but a pair of 3-pointers from Huntland’s Braylen Phillips late in the opening period narrowed the gap.
The Hornets trailed 16-9 after one quarter.
The Hornets remained a few steps behind the Eagles in the second quarter as they were not able to make up any ground.
They trailed 36-28 at halftime. Phillips scored 20 of Huntland’s 28 points in the first half.
The Hornets started the third quarter with seven straight points to make it a one-point game, but the Eagles then went on a 24-4 run to completely pull away.
Huntland trailed 60-43 going into the final period.
The deficit would stay at 15 points or higher for the remainder of the contest as the Hornets lost by 22.
Phillips led the Hornets with 32 points for the game, followed by Zeier Golden with 10 points and Trace Kilpatrick with five. Phillips hit seven 3-pointers in the contest.
Noah Thompson scored four points, and Cade Limbaugh, Demetri Reed and Kannon Lafevers scored two points.
With the loss, the Hornets moved to 1-2 on the season.
They will next play Tuesday against Clarkrange High School at Whitwell in a consolation semifinal game for the Whitwell Thanksgiving Tournament. Tip-off is scheduled for 11 a.m.