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Cherokee stumps Happy Valley; North fends off Unaka

From staff reports • Jan 11, 2020 at 3:38 AM

ELIZABETHTON — The Cherokee boys basketball team used a stout defense to take down host Happy Valley 57-36 on Friday night.

Carter Metz scored 11 points, Breiydon Gilliam 10 and Jason Sattler nine for the Chiefs, who proved too much for the Warriors to handle.

Cherokee (7-10) and Happy Valley (4-10) traded baskets until the Chiefs pulled off a 7-0 run for a 12-6 advantage in the first quarter.

The Warriors closed the gap to two before entering the second quarter trailing 12-10.

A quick 8-0 run put the Chiefs out front 20-10 to start the second quarter. Another run, this time 10-3, put them up 33-18 at halftime.

“Cherokee did a great job keeping us off balance the whole way and it was tough to score on,” Happy Valley coach Jeremy Maddox said.

Happy Valley struggled to find a shot against Cherokee’s defense, leading to a 49-28 deficit.

Dylan Willis led the Warriors with 11 points. Alex Lunceford was next with five.

SULLIVAN NORTH 58, UNAKA 52

KINGSPORT — Christian Hill produced an 18-point effort and the Golden Raiders held off the Rangers in Watauga Valley Conference action.

Isaiah Pruitt added 15 points to the cause and Bryant Herron tallied 11 points.

Ryan Johnson hit six shots behind the 3-point arc to score a game-high 20 points for Unaka. Will Sexton had 13 points and Josh Slagle totaled 10 points.

TENNESSEE HIGH 84, VOLUNTEER 66

BRISTOL, Tenn. — Mchale Bright went off with a 47-point performance to propel the Vikings to the win over the Falcons. Bright hit 18 shots from the field, four from 3-point range, and was 7-for-8 on free throws.

Nolan Wishon posted 24 more points for Tennessee High.

Eli Amyx scored 15 points to lead Volunteer. Bradin Minton totaled 12 points, Garrison Barrett had 10 and Brody Henley added eight.

SCIENCE HILL 67, DAVID CROCKETT 43

JONESBOROUGH — The Hilltoppers put together another standout defensive performance, holding the Pioneers to 20 points in the first half.

Four players ended in double figures for Science Hill. Jordan McLoyd and Keynan Cutlip each scored 14 points, while Griffin Ballard and Hunter Phillips had 10 points apiece.

Donta Hackler was Crockett’s high scorer with 12 points and Mack Hensley came through with 10.

TRI-CITIES CHRISTIAN 58, BEREAN CHRISTIAN 26

KNOXVILLE — The Eagles (10-4) landed in the win column after rolling out to a 33-10 halftime lead.

John Gewelke and Drew Correll each scored 10 points. Adam Pritchard had eight points, while Adam Pigeon amassed seven points and six steals..

GATE CITY 61, RIDGEVIEW 54

GATE CITY — Bradley Dean was a man on a mission — again — scoring more than half of the Blue Devils’ points to help them subdue the visiting Wolfpack in Mountain 7 play.

Dean finished with 33 points.

Gabe Brown was the leading scorer for the Wolfpack with 24 points, and Austin Mullins finished with 11.

LEE HIGH 60, JOHN BATTLE 38

BEN HUR — The Generals rolled past John Battle at home in Mountain 7 play.

Lee High (10-2, 2-1) led 25-17 at halftime before outscoring the Trojans 17-5 in the third quarter to put the game away.

RYE COVE 43, CASTLEWOOD 40

CASTLEWOOD — The Eagles took down the Blue Devils in a tight Cumberland District battle.

Rye Cove led 19-17 at halftime, and it stayed close the rest of the way. With the victory, Rye Cove improved to 6-6 overall and 1-1 in district play.

TWIN SPRINGS 80, THOMAS WALKER 52

EWING — Brad Owens netted 25 points and the Titans went on the road to dismantle the Pioneers in a Cumberland District tilt. Connor Lane was right behind Owens with 24 points.

Caleb Yeary was the leading scorer for Thomas Walker with 23 points, Logan Ealy finished with 12 points

EASTSIDE 65, J.I. BURTON 62

NORTON — The Spartans (4-6, 2-0) escaped J.I. Burton with a narrow victory in a Cumberland District battle.

Trevor Culbertson led the way for the Raiders (8-4, 1-1) with 24 points.

GIRLS

VOLUNTEER 38, TENNESSEE HIGH 32

BRISTOL, Tenn. — The Lady Falcons stymied the Lady Vikings in the first half, holding them to just eight points.

Aliyah Crawley led Volunteer on the offensive end with 13 points and Atlee Dean converted on 10 of 14 free-throw attempts to score 12 points.

Riley Fritts paced Tennessee High with 14 points.

UNAKA 55, SULLIVAN NORTH 33

KINGSPORT — Freshman Lyndie Ramsey continues to pace the Lady Rangers, coming up with a 16-point performance in the win over the Lady Golden Raiders.

Maci Ensor added nine points as Unaka raced to a 34-14 halftime lead.

Lilly Crawford had 13 points and Maddy Winters ended with eight to lead Sullivan North.

HAPPY VALLEY 50, CHEROKEE 26

ELIZABETHTON — Shaylin Whitson scored a game-high 14 points to lead the Lady Warriors to the nonconference win.

The Lady Chiefs hit only one field goal in the third quarter. They got more of their points from the free-throw line, where they went 3-for-10.

SCIENCE HILL 69, DAVID CROCKETT 65

JONESBOROUGH — Alasia Smith had two steals and a blocked shot in the final minute of the second overtime to preserve the win for the Lady ’Toppers.

She scored 20 points. Nae Marion finished with 16, and Kat Patton and Erin Egerbrecht had eight apiece.

Emma Gouge netted a game-high 28 points for Crockett. Halle Scott totaled 11, Alyssa Suits had 10 and Mackenzie Baldwin finished with eight.

ELIZABETHTON 43, UNICOI COUNTY 41

ERWIN — Morgan Headrick hit a game-winning shot as time expired to lift the Lady Cyclones.

Kaylen Shell had a team-best 17 points for Elizabethton, while Kaitlin Bailey scored nine points and Lina Lyon ended with eight.

Caroline Podvin had a game-high 23 points for Unicoi County.

THOMAS WALKER 63, TWIN SPRINGS 56

EWING — Shelbie Fannon was on fire from downtown, knocking down five buckets from 3-point range as part of her 26-point outing for the Lady Pioneers.

Lakin Burke added 23 points in the Cumberland road win.

Emaleigh Powers was the leading scorer for Twin Springs with 22 points, draining four 3-pointers. Aubrey Powers finished with 11 points and Erin Larkin netted 10.

RYE COVE 42, CASTLEWOOD 17

CASTLEWOOD — Chloe Gibson put up 10 points to lead the Lady Eagles in their Cumberland District rout of the host Lady Blue Devils.

Adi Hall led the Lady Blue Devils in scoring with 10 points.

EASTSIDE 68, J.I. BURTON 32

NORTON — The Lady Spartans (9-3, 2-0) went on the road and blew out J.I. Burton in a Cumberland contest.

J.I. Burton dropped to 2-10, 1-1.

RIDGEVIEW 54, GATE CITY 45

CLINTWOOD — Hailey Sutherland dropped in 23 points to power the Lady Wolfpack over Gate City in a Mountain 7 battle. Bailey Frazier chipped in with 12 points.

Macey Mullins was the leading scorer for the Lady Blue Devils with 20 points, and Sarah Thompson finished with 15.

JOHN BATTLE 64, LEE HIGH 32

BRISTOL, Va. — Ellie Keens dropped 19 points to lead John Battle to a dominating win over Lee High in a Mountain 7 District clash. Bethan Smith added 15 points and Anna McKee chipped in with 11.

Madison Jessee led the Lady Generals in scoring with 12 points, and Pauline Tolentino had 11.

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