Jones triggers Highlander win

from staff reports

   Kevin Jones gunned in 28 points leading Cloudland to an 88-63 Watauga Valley Conference win over Clinch on Friday.
   The homestanding Wildcats stood tough through two quarters, trailing only 44-33 at the half. In the second half, the Highlanders began to flex their muscle with Caleb Denton scoring 14, Cole Gouge adding 12 and Kyle Jones contributing 9.
   Other strong 'Lander efforts included Brandon Odom with eight points, and Ricky Whitehead with seven. However, Whitehead was pushed down to the ground in the third quarter and had to leave the game when his ankle swelled well beyond its normal size.
   The Wildcats got stellar efforts from Clint Hurd with 27 points and Anthony Massengill with 12 points in the loss. Clinch remained one game shy of setting a new school record for wins in a season.
   Cloudland now hosts Unaka this Friday in a battle for the Watauga Valley regular season title.