Lady ‘Landers win seventh straight; Cloudland boys fall short

The Cloudland girls basketball team picked up their seventh straight win on Tuesday night.

The Lady ‘Landers dispatched Johnson county 49-37 inside Sonny Smith Gymnasium. In the boys’ game, the ‘Landers dropped a 69-63 heartbreaker.

For the Cloudland girls, they had to battle back from an early deficit.

Johnson County took a 12-7 lead after the first quarter, but shots from Gracie Freeman and Jasmine Birchfield helped close the gap. Stacia Wilson ended the quarter strong as she had six points in the frame as CHS stormed to a 26-18 halftime lead.

In the third quarter, Cloudland saw senior Trinity Vines score nine points to help the Lady ‘Landers outscore JC 15-10. From there, CHS kept the Lady Longhorns at bay for the win.

Vines finished with 13 points, while Wilson added 11 points. Megan Lunsford and Freeman had nine points each.

Taylor Cox led Johnson County with 20 points.

In the boys’ game, the third quarter proved to be costly for CHS.

After the Longhorns took a 16-15 lead into the second quarter, the ‘Landers kept in striking distance as Leeper scored seven points in the quarter, and CHS got big treys from Conner Birchfield and Dillon Johnson. The ‘Landers trailed 36-33 at the half.

In the third quarter, Johnson County took control by outscoring CHS 18-8 in the frame as the Longhorns’ Blake Atwood broke loose for 13 points. Cloudland made a late run in the fourth quarter but was unable to get back in front of Johnson county.

Leeper finished with 20 points for Cloudland. Hunter Shell had 11 points, while Josh Blair added nine points. Johnson tallied eight points in the win.

Atwood led Johnson County with 32 points. Zach Eller and Troy Arnold scored 15 and 10 points, respectively.