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Lady Cougars edge Devils, finish 12-0 in Three Rivers

Gene Renfro, Sports Correspondent • Feb 12, 2020 at 2:46 AM

ERWIN — The Sullivan Central girls basketball team finished an undefeated run through the Three Rivers Conference by taking a narrow 35-34 win at Unicoi County on Tuesday night.

The Lady Cougars (26-2, 12-0) rode baskets by Peyton Sams, Macy McClellan and Abbey Crawford in the final quarter to overcome a 30-29 deficit.

Crawford finished with a team-high 11 points and Sams and McClellan totaled nine each for the district champions.

Unicoi County (13-13, 3-8) built a 23-18 halftime lead behind the shooting of Ashtan Vance, who scored 15 of her game-best 16 points over the first two quarters.

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UNICOI BOYS HOLD ON

Unicoi County fought off Central 64-57 in the boys’ contest.

The Blue Devils (15-12, 6-5) led 50-35 going into the fourth quarter, but the Cougars (9-20, 4-8) rallied and sent the game to overtime tied at 57 thanks to a Joltin Harrison 3- pointer before the buzzer.

Harrison hit a half-dozen 3-pointers and totaled 18 points, including five makes in the second half.

But the extra period belonged to Unicoi, which saw Bryson Peterson score five of his team-best 18 points. The sophomore went 12-for-14 from the free-throw line.

Lucas Slagle added 14 points and Nicholas Hensley had a dozen.

Central got 10 points from Preston Sams with nine from Ty Barb.

LOOKING AHEAD

The Unicoi and Central boys will meet in the 4 seed vs. 5 seed matchup next Friday in the District 1-AA tournament. The Blue Devils won both regular-season meetings with the Cougars.

Unicoi visits Elizabethton on Wednesday to close out its conference slate. Central will step out of conference for its visit with Dobyns-Bennett that night.

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