Lady Rangers, Warriors pick up wins

Carter County Sports

It was a nonconference split on Stoney Creek on Thursday.

Unaka picked up a 51-39 victory over Happy Valley in the girls’ game, while the Warriors rolled to a 79-52 victory over the Rangers.

In the girls’ game, Unaka got out to an early lead.

The Lady Rangers tool a 6-0 lead in the opening minutes powered by points from Katlyn Weaver and Madison Ensor. Haley Green broke onto the board for the Lady Warriors, but Unaka held a 10-6 lead at the end of the first quarter.

The second quarter saw the teams trade baskets. A late run pulled the Lady Warriors within 16-15 at the break. Unaka, however, repaid the favor to start the second half with a run of their own to extend the lead back out. Lexi Garland hit a pair of big buckets of the Lady Rangers, and Kaitlyn Roberts drained a deep 3-pointer to cut the lead to 25-21 going into the final stanza.

Happy Valley pulled within three points in the opening minutes of the fourth, but Unaka took care of business down the stretch to extend the lead back to double-digits.

Cydney Forney and Weaver had 12 points apiece to lead Unaka. Garland finished with eight points.

Bayley McGee had 11 points to lead HV. Adrienne Henegar and Green tallied 7 points a piece.

In the boys’ game, the Warriors took control and never looked back in the second quarter.

Unaka stayed step-for-step with the Warriors in the first quarter as HV used a pair of late shots to take a 14-10 lead after a quarter of play. HV, however, outscored the Rangers 27-9 in the second quarter to take a 41-19 lead at the half.

Happy Valley’s Austin Hicks surpassed 1,000 points for his career with a 22-point performance.

Jacob Surcey had 18 points.

Kyler Lewis led Unaka with 23 points. John Boy Ramsey had nine points.

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