North Greene knew how to keep fans entertained Friday night.
The Huskies were pushed by Cloudland’s boys in the nightcap but ultimately fell in overtime 55-50 while the Lady Huskies contended with an undermanned Lady Highlander squad to chalk up a 61-55 win.
The Highlanders rattled off 16 points in the fourth to double up North Greene to push things into an extra period of play, spearhead by a pair of treys from guard Jesse Potter.
Huskies, Will West and Avery Weems, did the dirty work in overtime – amassing seven of North Greene’s nine, to Cloudland’s four, to pull away with the victory.
It was Cloudland’s first game back following up a fourth place finish in the New People’s Bank Classic held at Sullivan North last week.
The Benfield brothers, Zac and Preston, combined for half of the Highlanders point total with Preston going for a team-high 14 points.
Troy Hall had the hot hand for North Greene, leading the way with 19 points on the night.
Dalton Vines went for seven points while Chris Wagoner joined Potter with six points. Noah Arnett added four while Joe Trivette added two to round out the scoring for the ‘Landers.
Lady Huskies 61
Lady Highlanders 55
Without Shian Strickland and Donrae Taylor available, Coach Matt Birchfield’s crew kept things interesting until a 22-14 run in the fourth etched the Lady Huskies in the WVC win column.
Katelyn Weems (20 points) went the distance for North Greene in the final period, scoring nine of her game-high total, including a 7-for-7 effort at the charity stripe.
Eight girls totaled into the North Greene offense in the triumph but Cloudland had a spark of their own led by two 16-point outings from senior Kendall Mull and junior Payton Johnson.
Faith Russell tossed her name into the double-digit with 15 points on the night. Johanna Johnson and Davi Heaton each added a 3-point and Lisa Ellis added a bucket for the ladies.
Cloudland will be back in action on Tuesday, hosting Unaka to continue their stretch of WVC play. Girls’ junior varsity opens the slate of action at 3:30 p.m.