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North endures tough night at Unaka

Allen LaMountain • Jan 11, 2019 at 10:20 PM

ELIZABETHTON — On Friday night at Snavely Gym, Unaka’s basketball teams celebrated homecoming. The Rangers then celebrated a 69-40 Watauga Valley Conference boys victory over Sullivan North.

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.


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.

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