Lady Buffs, Rangers come on strong

By Wes Holtsclaw

   The Little Milligan Lady Buffaloes were down for the count.
   Coming into their game with Keenburg early Wednesday afternoon, the Lady Buffs didn't find a shot to their liking in the first half of their contest with the Lady Tigers.
   However, the team responded in the second half with a strong 26-18 comeback win.
   "We didn't deserve to win it," said Little Milligan coach David Cable, "We got lucky and really didn't look like we wanted it. But we came out and saw the light at the end of the tunnel and played hard. We've got to regroup before we play Unaka tomorrow."
   Jessica Trivette and Natasha Bunton came out with an aggressive first quarter for Keenburg, as they pressured the Lady Buffaloes defensively and held them scoreless.
   But Little Milligan began a run behind Mandy White and Caroline Mauck to come within striking distance of the Lady Tigers. It was a sign of things to come.
   Andrea Tinsman lit the scoreboard up for the Lady Buffaloes with a solid 13-point performance in the second half, despite everything Kattie Harrell and Nanette Manz had for Keenburg, including a last second buzzer-beater from downtown.
   It gave Little Milligan the boost they needed to take the win and advance forward against Unaka for the small school girls championship.
   UNAKA (BOYS) 70
   Look out Central, the Unaka Rangers are coming.
   After a close first quarter against the Little Milligan Buffaloes, the Rangers pushed ahead with a strong offensive prowess in their 70-27 victory last night at Snavely Gym to advance forward for the small school championship.
   "We're trying to get used to a big floor and it's taking us awhile," said Unaka coach Mark Revis, "We've got to correct some things and eliminate them before tomorrow night against Central. It will be tough. Central played us tough the last time we met, we need to come out ready.
   Little Milligan was tough to overcome early behind solid offense from Austin Harper and Daniel Campbell, but ten first quarter points from Brandon Roper along with swift buckets from Kyle Wilson and Andrew Church made a big difference as the Rangers took an 18-10 lead.
   Joey Sheets and Jeff Peters led Unaka in the second and third quarters as they racked up the offense on the Buffaloes. Campbell, John Price and Gregory Sams put out a concrete effort for Little Milligan, but the Rangers had their number.
   Church and Andrew Taylor swept off a fourth quarter for Unaka as they moved forward against the Comets tomorrow night.
   "We played pretty good," said Joey Sheets, who led the Rangers with 15 points, "But we could've played batter. It's the win that counts really. I hope we go in tomorrow night with our minds straight and play like we did tonight."
   Said Brandon Roper: "We didn't come out as good in the first quarter, but we played better later on. Our press was effective. Central will be a tough game tomorrow, we've got to play our best."
   Campbell led Little Milligan with his 13 points, while Andrew Church and Kyle Wilson had ten a piece for Unaka.