January 7th , 2014 1:25 am Leave a comment

Lady Highlanders bounce back by beating Unicoi County

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ERWIN — Cloudland’s girls bounced back in impression fashion at the Devils Den.

An evening after getting knocked off to derail a dominant season thus far, the Lady Highlanders pounded Unicoi County 64-53 on Saturday night in non-conference basketball action.

“I thought we were focused early, coming off a tough conference loss last night,” Cloudland coach Matt Birchfield said. “Good attitudes, good enthusiasm — I thought intense. We made some buckets we had to, and then got the game off on a good leg and I think that’s a big thing to starting well.”

The Highlanders (16-3) were fueled by 17 and 14 points, respectively, from Courtney Wilson and Faith Russell.

BOYS

Unicoi Co. 53

Cloudland 32

The Highlanders led by five, before Unicoi closed the second quarter on a 10-0 run to lead 24-19 at intermission.

Cloudland (6-10) never regrouped.

“We tried to battle,” Cloudland coach Gary Harrison said. “Early in the game we played pretty good defensively, but we didn’t do a good job rebounding early in the first half. We had an opportunity to be up we felt like at halftime, but we were getting beat at tha half 12-6 on the boards.

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