Monday Round-up: Rangers, Lady Warriors take nonconference wins

Carter County Sports

Happy Valley 63, Happy Valley 49 (boys)
Ryan Johnson had the hot hand for the homestanding Rangers.

Johnson had 24 points – including seven 3-pointers – to power Unaka to the win over their county foe.

Dylan Whitehead added 16 points for the Rangers. Will Sexton and Joseph Slagle had 13 and nine points, respectively.

Noah Stevens led HV with 27 points.

It was the first loss of the season for the Warriors.


Happy Valley 47, Unaka 42 (girls)
The Lady Warriors took a tight victory on Stoney Creek.

Unaka jumped out to a 15-9 lead in part to seven points from Jada Whitehead, but Shalyn Whitson answered in the second to power HV to a 24-19 advantage at the half.

The second half continued to be a back-and-forth battle as HV held on in the final minutes.

Whitson led Happy Valley with 20 points. Kadie Bailey added 11 points.

Unaka was paced by Lyndie Ramsey’s 21 points, and Whitehead tallied 12 points.

Cloudland 61, Johnson County 59 (boys)
The ‘Landers took a thrilling victory over the Longhorns on Monday night.

Cloudland, who led 35-27 at the half, took a five-point lead with 20 seconds left off an Elijah Blair bucket, but Johnson County cut the advantage back to two quickly.

At the end, the Longhorns tried to call a time out in the final second but was out of timeouts to end the game.

Blair led all scorers with 23 points, while Hunter Shell had 18 points. Bentley Gilbert and Conner Birchfield had seven and six points, respectively.

Lucas Phillips led Johnson County with 21 points.

Cloudland 41, Johnson County 36 (girls)
The Lady ‘Landers jumped out early and then held on in the closing stages for the win.

Cloudland raced out to a 12-5 lead at the end of the first quarter and maintained a 26-8 lead at the half. Johnson County, however, outscored CHS 12-4 in the third quarter to trim into the CHS lead.

Mandy Benfield and Heaven Caraway each had four points in the final quarter to help Cloudland hold on for the win.

Caraway led Cloudland with 10 points, while Kenzie Birchfield and Benfield had six points apiece. Leah Birchfield finished with five points.

Taylor Cox had 14 points to lead Johnson County.

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