Friday Roundup: Happy Valley splits, Unaka falls on road



It was a split Friday for the Happy Valley basketball programs, while Unaka was unable to pick up a tough road win.

Johnson County 59, Happy Valley 48 (boys)
Happy Valley was unable to overcome an early deficit to stay perfect in conference play.

The Warriors trimmed the Johnson County lead to seven points on shots from Nathan Kyte and Tyler Torbett in the closing minutes, but that was as close as they could get. Johnson County held a nine-point lead at the half, and led by as many as 18 during the third quarter.

Kyte led the Warriors with 10 points, while Josh Hammonds had nine points before being disqualified in the third quarter. Torbett had eight points.

Bud Icenhour led all scorers with 23 points for Johnson County.

Happy Valley 76, Johnson County 33 (Girls)
The Lady Warriors scored early and often to cruise to a Three Rivers Conference win.

Happy Valley scored the game’s first 19 points en route to a 23-4 first quarter lead and never looked back.

Kalee Johnson had 21 points to lead all scorers, while Bayley McGee had 14 points. Kaitlyn Roberts tallied 11 points. Emily Whitaker added seven points, and Adrienne Henegar, MaKayla Frazier and Charli Bare had six points apiece.

The win moves Happy Valley to 2-0 in TRC play.

North Greene 57, Unaka 50 OT (girls)
The Lady Rangers had an upset on the mind. However, the Lady Huskies had other ideas.

Unaka was unable to hold on to a late lead and saw North Greene take the victory in overtime.

The Lady Rangers held a six-point lead with just over two minutes to play, but a quick 6-0 North Greene run forced overtime. The Lady Huskies outscored Unaka 7-0 in the extra period to take the conference win.

Katlyn Weaver had 12 points. Hannah Tipton and Sarah Tipton had 10 and eight points, respectively. Katlynn Burrow also added eight points.

North Greene saw Kristen Payne had 17 points to lead all scorers, while Katelyn Weems and Lauren Baxter tallied 15 points apiece for the Lady Huskies.

North Greene 72, Unaka 45 (boys)
The Rangers were unable to keep pace with the rolling Huskies.

North Greene held a 33-19 lead at the half, and Unaka was unable to close the gap during the game.

Kyler Lewis led Unaka with 17 points, while Dylan Carrier had 11 points. Joe Searfoss ended the game with eight points.

Corben Bernard had 19 points to lead North Greene.


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