After the opening home slate was delayed, Cloudland looked to return home in style. Avery County, however, had other ideas.
The ‘Landers and Lady ‘Landers were unable to pick up non-conference wins on Saturday at Sonny Smith Gymnasium. The Cloudland girls dropped a 59-49 loss to Lady Vikings, while the ‘Landers fell 55-49 in the varsity nightcap.
Cloudland was in charge of the girls game in the early going. After leading 11-9 in the opening quarter, the Lady ‘Landers went to the half with a 27-22 advantage.
The Lady Vikings pushed ahead in the third quarter and then kept CHS at bay in the final eight minutes.
Megan Lunsford and Stacia Wilson had 17 points apiece. Trinity Vines recorded 11 points in the game.
In the boys’ game, Cloudland stayed step-for-step with the Vikings in the opening quarter. Avery, however, extended the lead to 10 points at the half. The ‘Landers battled back by doubling the Vikings in the third quarter.
Robert Leeper tried to will CHS to the win in the final quarter as he scored 10 points in the frame, but Avery countered with Deacon Heath had 11 points for the visitors to help secure the win.
Leeper finished with 19 points to pace Cloudland. Jordan Coffey had 13 points, while Josh Blair scored nine points.
Heath finished the game with 35 points.