The Rangers got into the district win column in a big way.
The Unaka boys’ basketball team picked up their first Watauga Valley win of the season with a 53-50 upset of University High on Stoney Creek Tuesday. In the girls’ game, the Lady Rangers rolled to a 62-31 win.
In the boys’ game, the Rangers took control early.
Unaka raced out to a 21-12 lead with some hot shooting in the first quarter. The Bucs, however, trimmed the lead in the second quarter, and the Rangers maintained a 29-28 lead at the break.
Points were hard to come by for both teams in the third quarter.
Unaka was able to add to their lead by narrowly outscoring the Bucs 9-6 in the frame. The Rangers received big shots from Will Sexton, Devin Ramsey and Dylan Whitehead to help seal the upset win in the final quarter.
The Rangers were led by Sexton’s 20 points. Dylan Whitehead had a big night as he finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds, while Ramsey added seven big points.
Marshall Fleenor led UH with 14 points.
The girls’ game was all Unaka.
The Lady Rangers opened up a 15-7 lead in the first quarter and maintained a 29-18 advantage at the half. In the second half, the Lady Ranger defense limited the Lady Bucs to just 13 points, while the Unaka offense put 33 points on the board.
Lyndie Ramsey had a game-high 19 points. Kiki Forney finished with nine points, while Tara Whitehead had seven points.