Cloudland takes District 1-A sweep over Unaka



In a Carter County District 1-A clash, Cloudland had the upper hand on Friday night.

The Lady ‘Landers picked up a 50-35 victory over Unaka, while the ‘Landers held on for a 66-63 win over the Rangers to complete the varsity sweep.

In the girls’ game, points were hard to come by in the first quarter.

The teams were limited to eight combined points as Cloudland took a 5-3 lead with four points from Jasmine Birchfield and a free throw from Kaylen Fields, while the Lady Rangers countered with a pair of free throws from Lyndie Ramsey and a free throw from Macy Ensor.

The Cloudland offense came alive in the second quarter as Kenzie Birchfield and Gracie Freeman each had six points as Cloudland outscored Unaka 19-3 in the frame. Ramsey had the lone field goal for Unaka in the first half.

The Lady ‘Landers continued to limit UHS in the second half as CHS outscored Unaka 17-9 in the frame. That allowed CHS to take a 41-15 lead into the final quarter.

Unaka turned the tide in the fourth quarter as Jada Whitehead and Ramsey kick-started the offense, but they were unable to make a rally.

Freeman, K. Birchfield, and J. Birchfield had 12 points apiece to lead Cloudland, while Karah Fields added seven points.

Ramsey led Unaka with 13 points. Whitehead scored six points for the Lady Rangers.

In the boys’ game, it was a battle.

Dylan Whitehead set the tone early for the Rangers as he scored eight points in the first quarter to push Unaka to a 13-10 advantage.

Cloudland, however, countered in the second quarter as Conner Birchfield and Hunter Shell scored six points apiece in the frame to help CHS outscore Unaka 20-11 in the frame and to take a 30-24 lead at the half.

Ryan Johnson hit a pair of key 3-pointers in the third quarter for Unaka as the Rangers trimmed into the Cloudland lead. Both offenses got cranking in the final quarter as the teams combined for 52 points in the final eight minutes. The ‘Landers made key shots in the closing minutes to hold on for the win.

Birchfield scored 21 points to lead Cloudland, while Elijah Blair scored 11 points. Bentley Gilbert added 10 points.

Hayden Shell and Shell had eight points apiece.

Johnson led Unaka with a game-high 23 points. Whitehead ended the night with 14 points, while Will Sexton scored eight points.



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