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High school basketball roundup: Boone uses balanced effort to down Cherokee

Jeff Birchfield • Updated Jan 23, 2019 at 11:09 AM

ROGERSVILLE — Cade Norris came through with a 12-point game to lead Daniel Boone to a 61-52 Big Seven Conference boys basketball win at Cherokee on a Tuesday night when both teams put an emphasis on slowing down the other team’s leading scorer.

Ayden Begley hit the 10-point mark for the Trailblazers, who got nine points from Chad Heglar and eight from Judah Hilton.

Carter Metz finished with a dozen points for the Chiefs. Ryan Bledsoe, like Heglar on the Boone side, scored nine points. Wyatt Watson scored eight, while Jacob Kenner and Breyidon Gilliam each scored seven.

Sullivan South 61, Unicoi County 59

KINGSPORT — Gannon Chase and Ben Diamond had back-to-back layups in the final 35 seconds to lift the Rebels to the dramatic win over the Blue Devils.

Chase Bowery was the game’s high scorer with 20 points. Cole Layne scored 13 points and Diamond added 10 in the South victory.

Gavin Casey led Unicoi County with 14 points. Brett Lingerfelt and Austin O’Dell reached double figures with 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Happy Valley 53, Sullivan Central 49

ELIZABETHTON — Dylan Willis scored all 11 of his points in the fourth quarter as the Warriors rallied to down the Cougars in the Three Rivers Conference contest.

Bryce Carter led Happy Valley with 13 points, James Harmon had nine and Noah Stevens netted seven.

Jackson Harrison threw in 12 to lead Central. Ben Williams tallied 10, while Kaden Duncan had nine and Trey Rosenbalm ended with eight.

Johnson County 69, Cloudland 63

ROAN MOUNTAIN — Blake Atwood filled the nets to the tune of 32 points in the Longhorns’ victory over the Highlanders.

Zach Eller contributed a 15-point effort, while Troy Arnold scored 10 and Lucas Phillips had nine.

Robert Leeper was Cloudland’s leading scorer with 20 points. Josh Blair scored nine, followed by Dillon Johnson with eight and Conner Birchfield with seven. 

University High 63, Tri-Cities Christian 42

The Bucs raced out to a 21-5 lead at the end of one quarter and cruised to a seventh straight win.

Marshall Fleenor led the Bucs with 15 points, and Mason Broome came through with 12 points. Charlie Vargo had 10 points and seven rebounds, while Kaleb Meredith scored nine.

Adam Pigeon led Tri-Cities with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Gavyn Etter added eight points. 

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GIRLS

Daniel Boone 51, Cherokee 34

ROGERSVILLE — Bayleigh Carmichel was 7 of 8 from the free-throw line in a 20-point performance to lead the Lady ’Blazers over the Lady Chiefs.

Jaycie Jenkins tallied 14 points in the victory, while Kayla Gibson and Jaiden Clark scored six points apiece.

Harper Russell paced Cherokee with 18 points. Mataylin Goins was the next highest with six.

Sullivan South 48, Unicoi County 47

KINGSPORT — Alex Harris hit a 3-point shot with two seconds left to force overtime as the Lady Rebels rallied from a 10-point, second-half deficit against the visiting Lady Devils.

Mollie Leslie paced South with 17 points. Carissa Comsa scored nine and McKenzie Littleton ended with seven.

Chloe Powers hit four shots behind the arc and finished with 17 points. Caroline Podvin had nine, while Tenley Holt and Kaylee Hendrickson each scored eight. Unicoi missed on a shot to win with two seconds left and Meredith St. Clair grabbed the rebound for South.

Sullivan Central 61, Happy Valley 53

ELIZABETHTON — The Lady Cougars used a balanced attack led by Abbey Crawford and Jaelyn West with 13 points apiece to down the Lady Warriors.

Avery Leming had 11 points, while Peyton Sams and Macy McClellan each scored eight.

Adrienne Henegar hit four shots from 3-point range to score a game-high 24 for Happy Valley. Shalyn Whitson contributed 20 points to the cause.

Cloudland 49, Johnson County 37

ROAN MOUNTAIN — Trinity Vines had 13 points and four rebounds to lead the Lady ’Landers over the Lady Longhorns.

Stacia Wilson finished with 11 points, five rebounds and three assists. Gracie Freeman had nine points and four steals, while Megan Lunsford had nine points and three assists. Jasmine Birchfield also had three assists on a night when Cloudland was sharing the basketball.

Taylor Cox netted a game-high 20 points for Johnson County and Natalie Winters added six. 

University High 62, Tri-Cities Christian 20

Sarah Fisher went 6 of 8 from the field, scoring 14 points in the Lady Bucs’ romp over the Lady Eagles.

Delaney Trosin hit double figures with 11 points. Calli Newberry scored nine, while Amari Johnson and Courtney Henley each scored eight. Becca Rice grabbed 10 rebounds.

Sarah Rice had 12 of Tri-Cities’ 20 points.

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