Kendall Mull and Payton Johnson made 13 their lucky number Saturday evening.

Cloudland went the distant in their opening game for the Johnson City Honda Classic, defeating Cherokee 44-37 behind 13-point efforts from the duo after a two-week break from action.

The Lady ‘Landers used 29 points in the second half to outlast led by a game-high 15 points from Cherokee’s Samantha Marlow.

It was a stalwart effort from the ladies from Roan Mountain, who succumbed to injury and illness the past couple of contests, according to head coach Matt Birchfield.

P. Johnson aided the effort down low while the squad used a defensive spark from Johanna Johnson in the third quarter with some defensive prowess with a pair of steals that aided a 15-7 run by Cloudland in the third quarter.

Faith Russell added seven points while Patricia Singleton five. Johnson tacked on three while Davi Heaton added a free-throw.

Cloudland will enter back into action on Monday in the winner’s bracket against Dobyns-Bennett at 4:30 p.m. with a bid to the championship on the line.