Cloudland, Unaka advance to fifth place showdown

By Wes Holtsclaw
STAR Correspondent

   ERWIN - Last February, the Oneida Lady Indians pulled a huge shocker over the Cloudland Lady Highlanders with a last second shock in the sub state tournament.
   This past Friday, Cloudland got the rematch they wanted, and toppled the Indians 66-39 in the consolation round of the WEMB Holiday Classic.
   "We pressured them and cost them some points on our press," said Lady 'Lander head coach Matt Birchfield, "Our whole bench, Stachia, Nikki, everybody stepped up and made a lot of plays."
   The first period was tight for both teams, as tight defense and power plays kept it a 16-12 Cloudland game after one. However, the second period was a different story.
   The Lady Landers, led by Tara Hanson, who scored 10 of her 14 points, derailed Oneida. Outscoring them 27-5 in the second quarter.
   Cloudland played great defense the entire night, as Amy Storie (12 points), Stachia Johnson (10 points), and Taukia Hughes (eight points) displayed tough efforts on the court.
   Oneida was led by Brittany Creech (15 points) and Haley McDonald (10 points), who both kept them in the game at points.
   Unaka - 65
   David Crockett - 44
   In the other consolation game of the evening, the Unaka Lady Rangers toppled the David Crockett Lady Pioneers 65-44.
   "We played hard," said Unaka coach Ken Chambers, "They have two good guards we tried to keep tamed. We shot the ball well tonight, we have not been ahead in too many games so we don't really know how to handle it. Everyone contiributed tonight."
   It was a complete domination from the beginning, as Unaka drilled Crockett early in the game, holding a 42-20 lead over the Lady Pioneers after one.
   Led by an outstanding defensive performance from the Taylors and Robersons, Unaka began blasting all aspects of Crockett's game in the second half, and pulled out the big win 65-44.
   Mandy Roberson came up big for the Lady Rangers drilling in 19 points on the evening to lead all scores.
   Julie Roberson and Renee Ensor both had nine each for the Lady Rangers. Crockett was led by Tracy Brown's 15 and Britney Hensley's 10.