Lady Rangers race past JC

By Tim Chambers

   The Lady Rangers are much like the Energizer Bunny. They keep going and going and seem to outlast each opponent.
   Much was the case Tuesday night at Snavely Gymnasium as the Rangers raced to a 68-37 win over Johnson County.
   "Our inside game was very good tonight," said Ranger head coach Kenneth Chambers. "We took advantage of the opportunities they gave us and did a good job at getting the ball into the post."
   The Rangers started quickly, thanks to a long three by Coty Townsend and a nice move from Danielle Ensor, to take a 5-0 lead. Johnson County tied the score on five points from Elena Owens, including a down-town three.
   Unaka kept applying the pressure with a bucket from Julie Roberson and a layup from Jessica Osborne. Renee Ensor got in on the act with a deuce while Roberson added two hoops to up the lead to 15-6.
   With eight points from Owens in the quarter, the Longhorns stayed close at 15-8.
   Unaka started the second with a bang, getting a three from Osborne and nice putback by Tiffany Babb to up the lead at 20-8. After a Becky Stout basket, Roberson added a bucket to push the advantage to 25-12.
   Billie Hurd answered with a three to cut the lead to 10 at 25-15. From there, Unaka outscored the 'Horns 14-6 as a three-point bomb by Renee Ensor and some key free throws from Danielle Ensor helped make the score 39-21 at intermission.
   Unaka recharged its batteries in the third and maintained its 20-point advantage, thanks to a nice layin by Danielle Ensor and some good inside play from Roberson.
   Megan Johnson's goal near the end of the third quarter kept the lead at 49-29 after three.
   The Rangers kept pounding away in the fourth as the inside play of Roberson, Danielle Ens
or and Babb proved to be fatal for the Lady Longhorns. Sallee Taylor's two buckets, followed by a trey from Kelly Allen, closed out the scoring for Unaka.
   Roberson led all scorers with 18. Danielle Ensor had a good game with 13 points while Osborne and Babb added nine and eight points, respectively.
   Owens tossed in 13 for Johnson County while Hurd added nine.
   "I thought the kids that came in off the bench played awesome tonight," said Chambers. "They were hustling all over the floor."