Unaka girls basketball picked up a nonconference win on Monday night, while the Rangers were unable to overcome a slow start to the second half.
The Lady Rangers held on for a 40-33 victory over Johnson County on Stony Creek while the Longhorns used a strong start in the second half to take a 69-46 win over host Unaka.
In the girls’ game, Unaka controlled the game early limiting Johnson County to just one point in the opening eight minutes. That gave the Lady Rangers a 14-1 lead after a quarter of play, and they maintained an 18-1 advantage early in the second quarter.
The Lady Longhorns, however, got things moving and cut the deficit to 21-10 at the half.
Unaka saw JC slowly cut into the lead in the second half as the Lady Longhorns pulled within one point. However, the UHS defense came alive and timely baskets from Savannah Tipton and Myah Parlier helped the Lady Rangers secure the win.
Parlier led the way with 12 points, while Jada Whitehead and Tipton had nine points apiece. Madison Pierce had eight points.
Taylor Cox had 21 points to lead Johnson County.
In the boys’ game, the Longhorns jumped out to a 25-14 lead, but the Rangers held steady in the second stanza. That kept the margin at 40-29 at the break.
Johnson County, however, came out firing on all cylinders outscoring the Rangers 18- 4 in the third quarter. Unaka continued to battle in the final stanza but was unable to get a rally going against a stingy Johnson County defense.
Isaac Hill had 13 points for Unaka. Ryan Johnson and John Boy Ramsey had 10 and 8 points, respectively.
Lucas Phillips led Johnson County with 20 points, while Blake Atwood added 19 points.