Unaka (10-7, 2-2) forced 10 first-half turnovers and raced to a 35-20 halftime lead behind 15 points from senior guard Isaac Hill.
“Unaka dominated the boards tonight,” Golden Raiders coach Travis Cain said. “We have to do a better job of rebounding, I have to do a better job of coaching and getting these kids prepared, and they have to do a better job of being coached.”
Unaka led 50-31 after three periods, then things got very chippy in the fourth quarter as the Rangers pulled away and both teams emptied their benches. At the 1:17 mark, a North fan came charging from the stands, bringing the game to a screeching halt.
“We have to do a better job of keeping our composure,” Cain said. “We have to keep playing and not let circumstances get in the way of the game. I thought we played hard, but we didn't play smart.”
Bryant Herron led North with eight points. Zack Scott and Trey Williams each added six.
EARLY TURNOVERS DOOM LADY RAIDERS
The Lady Rangers forced 13 first-half turnovers in taking a 27-10 halftime advantage before finishing off the 57-21 runaway win. Post Myah Parlier had a game-high 21 points, getting 11 in the first half.
Unaka (8-10, 2-2) took a 13-4 first period lead — Parlier pitched in eight of those points — and outscored North 14-6 in the second quarter.
“We're young and we struggle with that (turnovers),” noted Lady Raiders coach Chris Salley. “The Parlier girl is a handful and I thought we did a reasonably good job on her in the first half. We got tired in the second half, but I was pleased with the effort. We didn't quit.”
Unaka scored the first 15 points of the second half before a free throw from Hannah Mullins stopped the bleeding for the Lady Raiders. The run gave the Lady Rangers a 42-11 lead with 4:01 left in the third quarter.
The Lady Raiders (5-8, 0-4) entered the fourth down 46-17. Lensey Tanner led North with six points, and Sahara Bates and Emily Schwartz each scored five.