Lady 'Landers swamp J. Frank

By Kim Richardson

   HARROGATE--Jon Pritchard filled in admirably for Robbie Tolley by scoring 16 points to lead the Highlanders of Cloudland by a score of 53-28 over J. Frank White Academy Friday night at Tex Turner Arena on the Lincoln Memorial University campus.
   "I just tried to take it to the basket," Pritchard said. "We wanted to work the ball inside."
   Aaron Stocton added nine for Cloudland helped by a 5-for-7 performance at the free throw line, despite re-aggravating a nagging a knee injury sustained during football season.
   "It's sore, but I think it'll be fine," said Stocton. "We have some big games coming up and I plan to be ready to go."
   Michael Medley led J. Frank White with 6 points, followed closely by Dan Blevins with five.
   The Highlanders controlled the tempo and the scoreboard from the start, outscoring JFW 13-5 through one quarter. They outscored the Claiborne County team all four periods. At the half the Highlanders led 23-9. By the end of the third quarter, Cloudland had boosted the lead to 30-14.
   "We wanted to play with intensity from the start," stated Cloudland head coach Ned Smith. "Overall I'm satisfied with our effort. Our defense stepped up and established momentum. That's the key for us."
   The Highlanders, who improved their record to 13-6 on the season, will host the Longhorns of Johnson County on Monday night at Sonny Smith Gymnasium.
   Cloudland 44
   J. Frank White 16
   The Cloudland Lady 'Landers started slowly but added on to a four-point, 10-6 lead through one quarter as Jessica Lunsford scored 10 points to lead the Lady Highlander assault on the J. Frank White ladies Friday night.
   Cloudland continued to add to the advantage over the remainder of the game. They were up 22-8 at the half and had a 40-11 lead after three quarters.
   Jessica Davis "J. D." added eight, Crystal Arnold and Jessica McGuire tallied six each as Cloudland evened their record at 11-11 on the season.
   Heather Banner tossed in five, Mikki Carrow scored four, Kayla Blevins hit a deuce and one free throw for three points. April Williams scored two by making good on both of her free throw attempts to round out the scoring column for Cloudland.
   Jessica Higden led JFW with six points, followed by Amanda Combs with five for the losing JFW team.
   "We played good defense and ran the floor well," said McGuire. "We win or lose by how well we play on the defensive end."
   Lunsford added, "We tried to get every one into the game. Everybody has to practice, and it's nice to get some of the younger players in."
   Other Highlander players were also happy to get the 28-point victory.
   Davis said, "We played as a team and had balanced scoring. My shot was dropping in, so I just kept attacking."
   Arnold added, "We're just trying to get better, trying to continue improving as we head toward tournament action."
   Jessica Ledford, who broke her collar bone against Tri Cities Christian January 6th, was unable to play.
   "It's healing pretty well," said Ledford, "I plan to be ready to go in time for the big showdown with Unaka next week."
   The Lady Rangers will travel to Roan Mountain on February 10th.