Lady 'Blazers squeeze by Cloudland

By Wes Holtsclaw
STAR CORRESPONDENT

   Just like CBS sports, the Daniel Boone Lady Trailblazers 'hooped it up' against the Cloudland Lady Highlanders, and escaped with a narrow 48-44 win.
   Sonny Smith Gymnasium was the site of the postseason preview for area girl's basketball fans, as the top team from the triple A ranks battled the dominant single A club. Both teams put on a show all night, right down to the final buzzer.
   The game was a tight stretch down to the end, where with :16 seconds left, and holding a four point lead, Daniel Boone's Jessica Bacon was dealt with a technical giving Cloudland the opportunity to tie or win the game.
   However, it was not to be, as Taukia Hughes missed both or her critical free throws, turning it into a two possession game at the end. With Cloudland missing the crucial shots to forward the game.
   "Anytime you come up here and win one, it is great," said Boone coach Tim Campbell, "Matt does a great job up here. I told the kids after the game that we would follow them, cause we will see them in state this year."
   The game opened up with a well rounded first quarter performance from Boone, as eight players scored early to help them take a 19-13 lead over the Highlanders. Cloudland would never give in as Amy Storie and Tara Hanson kept the Lady Landers in range.
   Cloudland was behind as much as eleven points in the game, but continued to escape the tough Boone defense and pull it within four at the half.
   Boone powered back behind Teddi Frazier and Allison Langrel to take a nine-point advantage over the Lady Landers after three.
   But Cloudland, under Stachia Johnson and Taukia Hughes stopped Jaime Perry and pulled the Lady Landers within four with under a minute remaining.
   Cloudland missed 16 crucial inside shots in the game, and was 6 of 14 from the free throw line, which could have played a different part in the game.
   Nevertheless, the Lady Trailblazers (13-1) proved that they were the real deal with a tough win over Cloudland (10-5).
   "We've won four like this," said Campbell, "It takes some clutch play, and some luck, but we'll take this win any day."
   Both teams played a tough, physical game. And neither team deserved the loss, but it goes a long with the game.
   "I'm real happy with the way the girls played tonight," said Cloudland coach Matt Birchfield, "Tim does a good job over there. Nobody quit and everyone played hard to the end. That's all you can ask for against a big school."
   "They have some great athletes, which sometimes makes it hard to match up. We never quit, but we just have to learn to make our free throws."
   Cloudland had two players with double digits in the game, as Tara Hanson and Amy Storie totaled 13 and 12 respectively. Jamie Perry led Boone with 11.
   Cloudland will host University High on Tuesday night in a major conference matchup, gametime is 6.