Cloudland girls bomb Washburn

By Wes Holtsclaw

STAR CORRESPONDENT
wholtsclaw@starhq.com

   The Cloudland Lady Highlanders took advantage from the opening tip Monday night.
   The 'Landers sank the Washburn Lady Pirates 86-16 at Lacy Fieldhouse after four dominating quarters, including a 25-2 run in the final period.
   "He had several kids that didn't show," said Cloudland coach Matt Birchfield. "We came out and got some turnovers and converted them. We got all of the kids some playing time and they came in and gave us some big things."
   Cloudland got a strong opening effort from Nicki Webb (12 points), Tara Hanson (11 points) and Amy Storie (10 points) taking a 21-4 lead after the first period and a 44-9 lead at the half.
   Washburn only took seven shots in the first half as Cloudland pressured them with stingy defense.
   The Cloudland bench stepped up and played strong in the next frame as Crystal Arnold pushed 16 points along with strong inside scoring from Jessica McGuire and Rebecca Clawson.
   "We were pumped up," said senior Nicki Webb. "We knew coming in that it was all or nothing tonight and we wanted to play in the next game. Our goal is the state tournament and our only way there is to win."
   Cloudland advances to the semi-final contest on Wednesday at 7 p.m. against the winner of Tuesday's Powell Valley-North Greene contest.
   "We can't overlook people," said Birchfield. "North Greene is much improved and gave Unaka a fit. James Buchanan does a good job with them."
   "Powell Valley is good," he said, "They have an exceptional point guard who shoots and handles it well. They hustle and get in your face. We've got to show up and keep playing better."
   Jessie Harville led the Lady Pirates with eight points.
   Hancock County (girls) 70
   University High 37
   A huge relay of scoring from a solid shooting attack paced the Lady Indians in their victory over the Lady Bucs.
   Erica Collins, Kim Norris and Sarah Harrison all had 14 apiece for Hancock County, while senior star Kim Seal had 12 despite missing most of the first half with three fouls.
   Jo Thomas led University High with nine points.