Cloudland looked to take a border battle clash, but Avery County had other ideas.
The ‘Landers and Lady ‘Landers each came up short as the CHS girls fell 56-46 to the Lady Vikings while the Cloudland boys dropped a 53-50 heartbreaking decision to the Vikings.
In the girls game, the Lady ‘Landers had a balanced attack to stay within two points heading to the second quarter. Avery, however, doubled up CHS by outscoring them 19-9 in the second stanza to take a 29-17 lead into the half.
Cloudland’s Stacia Wilson got the CHS offense going right after half as CHS trimmed the lead to single digits going to the fourth quarter. Cloudland, however, was unable to get back in front over the final eight minutes.
Wilson led Cloudland with 16 points. Mandy Benfield and Gracie Freeman had eight points apiece.
For the CHS boys, Robert Leeper had seven first-quarter points to give CHS a 10-8 lead, but the Vikings edged ahead to take a three-point advantage to the half despite three straight 3-pointers from Josh Blair.
Cloudland regained the lead early in the third quarter as the teams battled back and forth and entered the final eight minutes tied at 35. In the closing minutes, CHS held a five-point lead, but the Vikings quickly erased it to take the win in the closing seconds.
Blair led Cloudland with 18 points. Leeper finished with 13 points, and Bentley Gilbert added seven points. Hunter Shell and Dillon Johnson had six points each.