Rangers, Longhorns go down


  
  Just like a prize race horse, Unaka broke out of the gate early only to pull up lame after a quick lead. Met by a tenacious defense that led to several turnovers, Unaka fell victim to Knox Bearden 58-34 in Hall of Fame basketball action Saturday night at Johnson County.
  Rusty Holtsclaw gave Unaka a 4-2 lead at the 6:00 mark, and Daniel McInturff's three from the corner increased the lead at 8-3.
  Bearden battled back behind the stellar point guard play of Tony White Jr., son of former Tennessee Vol great Tony White.
  White's drive tied the score at 10-10. Paul Dickerson's three after a layin by Nathan England gave Bearden a 15-10 lead after the first quarter. Unaka missed five free throws in the period.
  "You can't turn the ball over and shoot the way we did tonight and beat a good team," said Ranger head coach Donald Ensor. "I was really disappointed with the way we competed."
  Unaka had trouble finding the basket in the second period while Bearden kept pace its torrid shooting. The Bulldogs led 29-10 when Tyler McCann scored Unaka's first and only points of the quarter. Bearden led 29-12 at the break.
  Unaka battled back behind the stellar play of point guard Derek Cline. The 6-0 senior tossed in nine points during the run that kept Unaka within striking distance.
  The Rangers sliced a 19-point lead down to nine after Cline's three for atop the key. But Bearden held on thanks to a trey from Randy Sibley to lead 39-27 after three.
  The offensive woes continued for the Rangers in the fourth period as Bearden outscored Unaka 19-7 to win going away. Cline was the only player in double figured with 11 points.
  White, England and Dickerson tallied 13 each to lead Bearden.
  "For whatever reason we didn't show up to play tonight," added Ensor. "We are not the type of team that can just walk out on the floor and win.
  "Bearden done a great job tonight with their defense. Mark Blevins is one of the top high school coaches in the state. Bearden has a good basketball team."
  Daniel Boone 65
  Johnson County 31
  Although cold weather is just around the corner, frigid temperatures could be found inside of Ray Shoun Gymnasium in the nightcap. Daniel Boone struggled at times shooting the basketball while Johnson County couldn't seem to thrown one in the Atlantic Ocean during the first half.
  After Jon Stout tied the score at 2-2, Boone went on a 13-0 run to lead 16-5 after one. Boone's shooting woes continued in the second quarter until Kevin Champagne and Ben Fox led the team on a 12-0 run.
  With Champagne off ice and Fox on the run, the 'Blazers took a commanding 32-10 lead at the half.
  The Longhorns went the entire second quarter without a field goal and made only two for the half.
  The 'Horns got untracked in the third period, but so did the Blazers. Chris McCloud had a three while Mitch Harper tossed in four for the Steers.
  Boone, however, answered Johnson County's 13 with 18 of its own, including two long treys from Drew Wooduff, increasing the lead at 50-23 going into the final quarter.
  After building up a 26-point lead, Boone coach Bobby Snyder emptied his bench for the final seven minutes of the game. Champagne had 12 to lead the 'Blazers while Mabe followed with 10.
  Gary Evans led the Longhorns with seven as no Johnson County player reached double figures.