Cloudland wins JC Honda Invitational

Jeff Birchfield • Dec 30, 2013 at 11:11 PM

Two Courtneys trumped one Brittany on Monday night.Courtney Wilson had 21 points and 11 rebounds, while tournament MVP Courtney Clarke had 17 points and five assists to lead Cloudland to a 65-57 win over Sevier County in the championship game of the Johnson City Honda Invitational.Their efforts offset those of the Lady Bearettes’ Brittany Tarr, who ended with 28 points and a dozen rebounds.“She’s a great player,” Wilson said about Tarr. “She had her spurts and I had my spurts. It was hard to guard her defensively because she’s strong and really good at finishing in the paint.“But, it’s hard to stop our perimeter. When we start driving and dishing, it’s hard to stop us all around.” Cloudland (15-2) became the first single-A school to win the JC Honda Invitational and it came just two weeks after the Lady ’Landers won another tournament at Virginia High.At the end of the night, Clarke was holding a trophy with a shiny basketball on top for her MVP award, which she gave the credit to her teammates for. Still, it was her running 3-pointer, a bank shot at the end of the third quarter, which gave Cloudland a 43-40 lead they would never reliniquish. She and Wilson added other buckets at the start of the fourth quarter to complete an 11-2 run.“I didn’t think it was going to go in,” Clarke said about the 3-pointer at the buzzer. “I thought I was going to brick it. Whenever it went in, I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, the bank is open.’”Tarr accounted for Sevier County’s first nine points, and the game was tied 16-all at the end of one quarter. Cloudland scored the first eight points of the second quarter and held on for a 32-27 lead at the half.The Bearettes (12-5) rallied to tie the game late in the third quarter, only to see Clarke’s buzzer beater put Cloudland back on top. Once the Lady ’Landers seized control in the final period, they held at least a two-possession lead the rest of the way. Haley Johnson had nine points, all on 3-point goals, and Kendall Mull finished with eight points and five assists.“I was real happy with our kids,” Cloudland coach Matt Birchfield said. “I felt like our effort was good tonight. It was a pretty complete game. We had been a little slow coming out of the gates, but tonight I felt we played well.”Meigs County 69, Sullivan South 65Emileigh Swofford had 33 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Lady Tigers (16-2) over the Lady Rebels (10-4) in the third-place game.Down by 15 in the final period, South rallied to close within a single bucket on a 3-pointer by Brayden Hutchins with five seconds left. Fittingly, it was Swofford who put the game away at the free-throw line with three seconds remaining. Still, Lady Rebels coach Torey Haile was pleased with her team’s efforts, particularly in that final period. “There was good intensity at the end,” Haile said. “We came back and I was super proud of their efforts. Just getting down at the first, it came back to bite us. We were down seven at the very first, missed some foul shots. Other than that, I was proud of their efforts. That was a quick, very good team.”Kayla Tipton paced South with 17 points, followed by Hutchins with 14. Morgan Seymore added a 13-point effort.Taylor Boggess gave Meigs County another double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds. Brandi Kilpatrick also scored 10 points.Daniel Boone 65, Creek Wood 50Daniel Boone’s balanced attack proved superior to the one-woman show by Creek Wood’s Rachel Bell in Monday’s fifth-place game at the Johnson City Honda Invitational.Led by Taylor Carmichael with 14 points, the Lady ’Blazers had six players score at least eight points in a 65-50 win over the Red Hawks.“If we’re going to get to where we want to, we’ve got to have everybody on the same page,” Boone head coach Travis Mains said. “All year, we’ve had three or four kids play well and a couple of others not really be in the game. Or it would be vice versa. But today, everybody played really well.”Boone (12-6) was able to hold Bell, a Vanderbilt signee, to seven points in the first half. She ended up with 25, half of her team’s points, but Creek Wood (12-3) had no other players able to reach double figures.“We tried to contain her,” Mains said about Bell. “She made a lot of tough shots, but she got off to a little slow start and we took advantage of that.”It was the end of the first quarter and start of the second quarter was when Boone used a 15-0 run to turn a 10-7 deficit into a 22-10 lead.From there, the Lady ’Blazers never trailed again.“They made a little run at us, but Carmichael made a couple of big shots,” Mains said. “Taylor Campbell made a big shot and it turned the tide a little bit. I was also proud of Autumn Bradshaw. She struggled a little the last week or so, but she stepped up her play today.”Katelyn Cox and Campbell hit double figures with 10 points each for Boone. Allison Littleton and Jaclyn Jenkins each finished with nine points and Bradshaw had eight points in the Lady ’Blazer victory.Sullivan East 62, David Crockett 40Tied 15-all in the second quarter, the Lady Patriots (15-4) scored 12 unanswered points against the Lady Pioneers (4-13) and never looked back.East was ahead 44-22 by the time the third period ended. The closest Crockett got in the fourth quarter was an 11-point deficit.Guard Jamison Shaffer was East’s leading scorer with 17 points. Tori James proved to be a force inside for the Lady Patriots with 14 points and Kara Stafford ended with 12 points.Heather Scalf led Crockett’s efforts with nine points. Kaylie Foster added nine points.Hampton 54, Johnson County 38Alexus Grubb spurred an 11-1 run at the end of the first quarter and the Lady Bulldogs (10-6) led the rest of the way against the Lady Longhorns (6-12). Grubb ended with a game-high 15 points for Hampton. Kaitlin Irick had 14 points, which included four 3-point goals, and Alexis Bowers added three more treys in an 11-point effort.“They play a zone and we haven’t seen a lot of zone,” Hampton interim coach Bud Hazelwood said. “I’m glad we were able to make enough shots against them. The Irick girl hit some shots. Bowers runs the team real well from the point, but she hadn’t been looking for her shot very much. I’ve been on her the last day or two, ‘If they’re going give you that shot, you’ve got to take it.’ She knocked a few down tonight.”Brooke Brown was the only Johnson County player to hit double figures with 11 points. Brionna Reece was the next high scorer with eight points.University High 47, Unaka 43Taylor Treadway scored 18 points as the Lady Bucs (5-9) held off a late Unaka rally for the win over their conference foe.Shanda Matheson hit a 3-point goal to pull the Lady Rangers (5-12) within two points with 15 seconds left. On the next possession, UH’s Barrett Wherry got a loose ball out of a scramble and scored on a lay-up to put the game away. Wherry ended with a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds, while Lexi Crouthers had a 15-point effort.“When we play with enthusiasm and energy, I like how we play as a team,” UH coach Rayne Price said. “Taylor had been struggling behind the perimeter, but she’s coming around. Barrett had a great game, a double-double as she was rebounding the ball really well. She did a good job on (Brandi) Ensor when we needed her the most.” Ensor and Jessie Matheson scored a dozen points apiece to lead Unaka. The Lady Rangers trailed 18-9 after one quarter, but scored 11 straight to take the lead.UH responded with the next eight points to go ahead 26-20. They led the rest of the way.Happy Valley 63, South-Doyle 52McKenzie Blankenship tallied 21 points as the Lady Warriors (9-10) defeated the Lady Cherokees (6-10).Jenna Eaton finished with 14 points for HV, while Kalee Johnson had totals of 11 points, 13 rebounds, three blocks and three steals.Happy Valley led by 18 before South-Doyle rallied to cut the lead to eight early in the fourth quarter. However, the Lady Warriors made enough plays down the stretch to stay in control.Karen Donihue had a game-high 22 points to lead South-Doyle, which also got 14 points from Samantha Glover.Eastside, Va. 64, Cherokee 60The Lady Spartans scored 27 in the fourth quarter to rally past the Lady Chiefs.Erin Stanley led Eastside with 23 points, and Kaylee Jones finished with a dozen. Courtney Brooks scored 18 points for Cherokee, followed closely by Samantha Marlow with 17 points.

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