Welcome to the inaugural Carter County Sports Morning Report!

As we continue to grow Carter County Sports, we are always looking for new ideas to get you the latest information and give the student-athletes coverage they deserve. The Morning Report is a brainchild of just that thought process. Occasionally, we are gong to take a look at the upcoming day as well as a quick look at yesterday. This won’t be an everyday thing – for now anyway – but we hope you enjoy it. Be sure to let us know your thoughts, ideas and any other feedback you might have. Anyway, let’s get started:

On Friday, the only county team in action was the Lady Rangers of Unaka as they fell 51-27 to Class AAA Dobyns-Bennett at the Johnson City Honda Invitational. Unaka was paced by Cheyenne Drew’s seven points, and trailed 10-7 at the end of the first quarter. However, the Lady Indians tightened the defense to pull away.

We stay with the Lady Rangers as we take a quick look at today’s upcoming games. Unaka will return to action on the second day of the tournament at Daniel Boone against Volunteer. The Lady Falcons fell 48-46 to Unicoi County on Friday on a last second shot.

Cloudland and Hampton will also join the fray on Saturday at Daniel Boone. The Lady ‘Landers will try to shake off the cobwebs, as well as the memory of their last game which was a handy defeat at South Greene, against a solid Cherokee squad, while the Lady Bulldogs will open the tournament against Daniel Boone, who rolled to a 66-32 victory over Johnson County – who happens to be who the Lady Bulldogs defeated in their last game prior to Christmas.

Elizabethton girls will also open Christmas tournament play on Saturday as they open the Carolina Invitational in Charleston, S.C. The Lady Cyclones will compete in the Palmetto Division as the No. 3 seed in the bracket with an opening game against site host Bishop England. The Battling Bishops won the Class AA title in South Carolina last season. Elizabethton will face either North Forsyth (Ga.) or Mountain Brook (Ala.) on Monday.

On the boys’ side, Cloudland will open the People’s Bank Classic at Sullivan North against either the host Raiders or Princeton Hall out of Charlotte, who will open the day with a play-in game. The ‘Landers will tip off the tournament around 8 p.m. For Coach Harrison’s squad, this is a chance to get back to the grind – not to mention one of the most grueling schedules around the area.

It is a big slate of games on Saturday, and be sure you get out to cheer on your teams. If you can’t get to the gym, be sure to follow us on Twitter @CarterCoSports or on Facebook to get the latest.