By Rick Sheek
BRISTOL, Va. — Once the Cloudland girls’ basketball team got untracked, Tazewell was left in a haze of dust.
The Lady Highlanders broke open an early tight battle and coasted to a 59-38 first-round victory in Wednesday night’s Borderline Classic at the Bearcat Den.
“I felt like tonight was one of our better games by far as a team,” Cloudland coach Matt Birchfield said. “I felt like we shot the ball real well, shared the basketball real well and got some scoring out of a balanced kind of attack. I think that made us a lot better.
The Falcons, in their season opener, began the affair on a 12-2 run and were never challenged.
“We didn’t come out with the intensity that we needed to play,” Unaka coach Wes Wright said. “We tried to simulate their pressure all week in practice, and we didn’t do a very good job of handling it. We played loose with the ball — a lot of turnovers and a lot of lazy passes in the open court.
“I thought physically they just whipped us on the rebounds. They outplayed us.”