BY JEFF BIRCHIFIELD, Johnson City Press
ELIZABETHTON — Nico Ashley netted a game-high 23 points as Elizabethton used a big second half to pull away from Happy Valley for a 59-39 win in Three Rivers Conference action at Treadway Gymnasium.
Ashley hit 8 of 10 free-throw attempts, while Evan Perkins came through with 16 points. Eric Wilson added seven for the Cyclones.
Bryce Carter was the only Warriors player to hit double figures with 11 points. Noah Stevens scored seven points and Dylan Willis finished with six.
Hampton 67, Unaka 62
ELIZABETHTON — The Bulldogs held on against an inspired Rangers squad as Unaka celebrated its 2004 state championship team before the game and dedicated its home court to former coach Donald Ensor.
Caleb Oaks totaled 16 and Jordan Bentley was right behind him with 15 to lead Hampton. Garrett Vines hit double figures with 10 points.
Ryan Johnson made six shots from 3-point range in a game-high 18 for Unaka. Isaac Hill netted 15 points, John Ramsey ended with 12 points, and Will Sexton had nine.
Johnson County 79, Unicoi County 46
MOUNTAIN CITY — Blake Atwood scored 26 points and the Longhorns as team hit 11 shots from 3-point range in the big win over the Blue Devils.
Lucas Phillips threw in 17 points, while Zach Eller had 10 and Gavin Reece had nine for Johnson County.
Brock Thompson led Unicoi County with 16 points. Kevin Casey scored seven.
Sullivan South 79, Volunteer 62
KINGSPORT — In a battle of familiar foes, the Rebels parlayed a 38-21 halftime advantage into the win over the Falcons.
Gannon Chase led the way with 21 points, followed by Ben Diamond, 18; Cole Layne, 17; and Chase Bowery, 15.
Chance Johnson led the Falcons with 21 points. Hunter Skelton and Brody Hunley reached double digits with 13 and 11 points, respectively.
Cherokee 67, Tennessee High 47
BRISTOL — Breiydon Gilliam and Ryan Bledsoe combined for 45 points as the Chiefs pulled off the upset of the Vikings in Big Seven Conference play.
Gilliam had a game-high 23 points and Bledsoe was right behind with 22. Wyatt Watson and Bailey Broyles each contributed eight points as Cherokee controlled the second half.
Cade Mitchell had 12 to lead Tennessee High with Nolan Wishon scoring 11 and Christian Webb netting nine.
Cloudland 52, Sullivan North 37
KINGSPORT — Hunter Shell and Robert Leeper each scored 15 points as the Highlanders scored the road win over the Golden Raiders.
Josh Blair powered his way to 10 points for Cloudland and Conner Birchfield added seven.
C.J. Mardis had a team-high 16 for Sullivan North. Trey Williams authored an eight-point effort.
University High 61, North Greene 51
BAILEYTON — Kaleb Meredith went off for 34 points on 12-of-17 shooting as the Bucs remained perfect in the Watauga Valley Conference.
Meredith also had four steals. Marshall Fleenor had nine points and five rebounds.
Colin Daniel hit a pair of long-distance goals to end with six points.
Despite the loss, the Huskies outscored the Bucs 38-18 in the paint and also held rebounding advantage.
Apostolic Christian 73, Tri-Cities Christian 60
KNOXVILLE — A.J. Bennett had 18 points and Josh Young totaled 18 as Apostolic won the battle of the Eagles.
Gavyn Etter led Tri-Cities with 14 points and five assists. Adam Pigeon had 10 points and 10 rebounds and Drew Correll also scored 10 points.
Happy Valley 43, Elizabethton 29
ELIZABETHTON — The Lady Warriors used a shutdown defensive effort, holding the Lady Cyclones to just 12 second-half points in the Three Rivers Conference win.
Adrienne Henegar had a game-high 17 points, followed by Shalyn Whitson with 13 points and Tiana Long with eight.
Morgan Headrick was the lone Elizabethton player in double figures with 11. Kaylen Shell and Torrie Roberts each scored six.
Unaka 49, Hampton 33
ELIZABETHTON — Myah Parlier scored 13 points as the Lady Rangers protected the home floor with the win over the Lady Bulldogs.
Jada Whitehead finished with 11 points, Savannah Tipton scored nine and Madison Pierce hit a pair of 3-point shots.
Stephanie Campbell paced Hampton with 11 points, while Hannah Collins totaled eight and Bridgett Heaton added a pair of 3-pointers.
Unicoi County 39, Johnson County 28
MOUNTAIN CITY — Tenley Holt had 10 points, while Allee Griffith and Kaylee Hendrickson had nine apiece as the Lady Devils scored enough in the defensive struggle.
Taylor Cox had a team-best 11 points for the Lady Longhorns, while Emmy Miller ended with seven.
Sullivan South 53, Volunteer 37
KINGSPORT — The Lady Rebels raced out to a 21-4 lead at the end of the first quarter to dispatch of the Lady Falcons.
Mollie Leslie posted a game-high 18 points. Alex Harris had 12 points, all on 3-point shots and Carissa Comsa added seven for South.
Kenady Knitel was the leading scorer for Volunteer with nine. Elise McKinney had six points, and with a 3-point goal, Bryna Minton surpassed the 1,000-point mark for her career.
Cherokee 60, Tennessee High 34
BRISTOL — Harper Russell went 9 of 10 from the free-throw line in a 23-point performance to lead the Lady Chiefs over the Lady Vikings.
Mataylin Goins had 15 points and Lauren Smith scored seven for Cherokee.
Riley Fritts scored 15 and LynLeigh Rhodes added eight for Tennessee High.
Cloudland 51, Sullivan North 19
KINGSPORT — Tied at six at the end of one quarter, the Lady ’Landers outscored the Lady Raiders 36-5 over the next two quarters to cruise to the win.
Trinity Vines led Cloudland with a dozen points and Megan Lunsford had 11. Stacia Wilson contributed seven points and Kenzie Birchfield added six.
Lilly Crawford led North with six points, followed by Maddie Winters with five.
North Greene 53, University High 40
BAILEYTON —The Lady Bucs led by three at the break, but were overcome by the Lady Huskies’ pressure in the second half.
Emily Britton tallied 14 points to lead North Greene and Breezy Savage ended with 10.
Amari Johnson’s double-double of 10 points and 13 rebounds paced University High. Delaney Trosin had eight points and eight rebounds, while Courtney Henley had seven points, nine rebounds and three assists.