Cloudland, TAD girls advance to Shootout semifinals

  
  rpierson@starhq.com
  JOHNSON CITY-- Round two of the Sweet Sixteen Middle School Shootout girls bracket took place Saturday in the Topper Palace, with six Carter County teams aiming to stay in the game.
  While Hampton, Unaka, Hunter and Happy Valley all lost in the first round, they were still fighting it out, while Cloudland and T.A. Dugger were still vying for the championship.
  Cloudland faced off against Colonial Heights and ran away with the ball game in the second quarter.
  Only three girls hit the trey in the first quarter for both teams. Cloudland's Jordan Miller and Shellie McKinney, and Colonial Height's Adele Poole each found the bucket for a Lady 'Landers 4-2 lead going into the second quarter.
  The backboard lit up in the second for Cloudland as four players all hit the net, including Brooke Johnson's two treys and Miller's three for a 17-6 lead at halftime.
  If the 'Landers ran away with the game in the second quarter, then they left the country with it in the third. Miller hit two great shots from way outside the line and Johnson hit four field goals compared to Colonial Heights, who only hit two treys, each from Poole, for a 35-10 'Lander lead.
  Colonial Heights managed to keep pace in the four quarter, getting seven points to Cloudland's nine, but the game was already long gone.
  Both teams combined went 2-of-22 at the foul line and those two freebies didn't drop until the fourth quarter.
  Johnson lead the Highlanders with 19 points, including eight at the boards. Miller tallied 15 points, including three perfect outside ringers. Colonial Height's Poole lead their squad with her 10 points followed by Ashley Johnson who hit a three.
  "Jordan Miller shot the ball really well," Cloudland head coach Randy Birchfield said. "She hit some big shots. Our posts didn't get as many shots in there as we really like but they doubled-down on Shellie. She did a good job rebounding and Brooke Hughes made some big shots for us.
  Brooke Johnson took control and ran the show. It was a good team effort. We played well and rebounded the ball well. When Miller shoots the ball as well as she did, it makes it tough. It is a great tournament. This is what it is about. You survive from night to night and you advance and move on. That is what we are looking for."
  Cloudland will come up against Greeneville on Tuesday at 4:15, and the winner will play for the championship.
  T.A. Dugger 28
  Ross Robinson 23
  Mariah Pietrowski hit eight of her 15 points in the first quarter to tally all the points made by T.A. Dugger in the quarter and to give her team an 8-4 lead going into the second.
  The Cyclones hit two early in the second for a 12-4 lead but three trips to the foul line and two field goals later, Ross Robinson would only be down three points going into halftime, 15-12.
  It was still anybody's ball game when Robinson's Allison McCrary and Dugger's Pietrowski both controlled the quarter for their teams with each bouncing in treys for a 17-14 score. Pietrowski then goes to the free throw line, going one-of-two but McCray hit another field goal making it a two-point ball game. Both girls each hit another trey and it was 20-18 going into the fourth.
  Pietrowski hit four more points in the fourth and Erin Anderson hit a trey and went two-for-two at the line while Robinson's Alli Harville hit a three and Blaine Fohlich hit a field goals. But Robinson would finish up five points down and on their way into the fifth place bracket.
  Pierowski led the Cyclones with her 15 and Anderson backed that up with seven. Jasmine Jefferson was good for four points.
  McCrary lead Ross Robinson with her eight while both Tori Head and Harville put up five points each.
  "It was a very hard game," T.A. Dugger head coach Angie Barker said. "They just beat us on Monday by 13, so it was good to come back and play them that hard. It was tough. They are a very good team. We are just lucky that we hustled and did what we had to do. We made some shots but we threw the ball up when we shouldn't have. But it came out all right. We played better defense than the average but also we have to play more as a team. We need more unity. We are not having the team mesh like we need to be able to pull people off the bench that need to go in and not feel like we are pushing people outside."
   T.A. Dugger's next battle will be against Science Hill on Tuesday at 6:15, and if it wins, it will play the winner of the Cloudland/Greeneville game for the championship.
  Greeneville 35
  Vance 33
  Greeneville managed to stay alive for the championship with a tight two-point win over Vance.
  Vance didn't have the lead in the game until four minutes left in the fourth quarter, 28-27. It was then tied 31 all with two minutes left and again at 33 all with 15.6 seconds left.
  Greeneville's Dickson went down for a layin with 1.5 seconds left on the clock to take the game away.
  Dickson lead her team with 14 points while Kelley chimed in six points.
  Dee lead Vance with 14 points as well with Belcher and vance each putting up six points.
  While Greeneville faces Cloudland on Tuesday, Vance will play Colonial Heights on Tuesday at 4 p.m. in the fifth place bracket.
  Science Hill 35
  Lamar 29
  In an intense, knock-down fight, the Junior Lady Toppers overcame the Lady Cherokees with both teams having an injury list that more resembled a football game than a battle on the hardwood.
  Both teams press got the job done in the first quarter with only three field goals hitting the net. The game was tied up at 17-17 at halftime.
  The 'Toppers took a two-point lead at the end of the third quarter but took their lead further in the fourth for a six-point win.
  Good lead the 'Toppers with 13 points and Sonneberger tallying eight points with one from the outside. Both Hill and Foster put up five points each.
  For Lamar, Murr put up 12 points and Burgner and Edwards both tallied seven. Gouge also nailed a three-pointer.
  Lamar will next face Ross Robinson on Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the fifth place bracket.
  Consolation Bracket
  University High 21
  Hunter 20
  The Lady Tigers of Hunter almost got it done. University High came out with a hard full-court press that kept Hunter nearly off the boards in the first quarter. Only Jessica Bradley managed to hit the net in the first and U.H. held a 7-2 lead going into the second.
  The press that threw the Tigers for a loop in the first, seemed to drive them to the boards harder in the second. Hannah Colbaugh hit two treys and Kayla Winters hit a field goal and went two-for-two at the line while U.H.'s Danice Collins and Malinda Blair both hit a trey and Blair hitting two-for-two at the line.
  University High's lead dwindled down to a reachable 13-10 at the half but three straight goals in the third and shutting down the Lady Tigers on offense saw that lead extend to nine going into the fourth.
  Winters and Brittany Nidiffer both went two-of four and Winters hit two treys and Colbaugh hit one tallying 10 points in the fourth quarter.
  Stephanie Davenport's lone goal for U.H. was all the team needed to take away the lead.
  Winters lead the Hunter team with 10, including going four-of-six at the line, and Colbaugh put up three field goals for six points. Nidiffer and Jessica Bradley had two points each.
  Davenport lead the Bucs' squad with eight points and Collins tallied five.
  "We shot seven-of-42," Hunter head coach Tammy Taylor said. "You can't win any ball game doing that. The only good thing we did was staying after the ball. We hustled and we didn't ever quit. That is something that we have to build on. Andrea Lewis had been out sick and she played her butt off today. Brittany Nidiffer kept us in the ball game, her and Kayla Winters both. Rachel Lowe got into foul trouble and that hurt us to sit her out because she is our experience right now in the post.
  "We just wasn't ready to play the first half," she said. "This is great experience for them. They get to play larger schools that we don't normally see. The competition over here is great. We enjoy coming over here.We don't like being in the losers bracket but you take it as it comes."
  Hunter will play Unicoi County on Tuesday in another consolation match.
  Hampton 44
  Indian Trail 21
  The Junior Lady Bulldogs trailed the Trail at the end of the first quarter by three points but took a commanding lead by halftime, 20-13.
  It was the third quarter in which Hampton did in Indian Trail when it scored 17 points to two and held a 22-point lead going into the fourth quarter.
  The Junior Lady Bulldogs outscored Indian Trail by one point in the fourth but it was plenty enough to walk away with a comfortable lead.
  Josie McKinney tallied 12 points while Mikki Oliver put up eight points for the Lady Bulldogs. Cassie Johnson also put up six points.
  Parker lead the Indian Trail squad with seven points. Menner and Southland tallied four each for the squad.
  Hampton will next face Blountville on Wednesday at 11:15 a.m. in the losers bracket championship.
  Happy Valley 36
  Unicoi County 7
  It only took a quarter for the Junior Lady Warriors to take the game away from the Patriots of Unicoi County. After taking a 13-2 lead in the first quarter, Happy Valley outscored their opponent in each remaining quarter including shutting them down in the fourth for a 29-point victory.
  Sydney Skeans lead the Warrior squad tallying 12 points. Courtney Byers put up five points and Lindsey Toney and Nichole Hardin each notched four points each on the board. Ten players put up points for the team.
  Happy Valley will now go up against University High on Wednesday at 12:15.
  Blountville 38
  Unaka 11
   Blountville took an 8-2 lead in the first quarter and never looked back. Blountville's Moody and Fields both knocked down three-pointers and the Tigers took a 29-point win back home to Sullivan County.
  Kayleigh Elsea put up five points for the Junior Lady Rangers team and Megan Oliver, Sylvia Whitaker and Brittany Hughes each put up two apiece.
  Moody tallied 10 points for the Lady Tiger team with teammates Fields and Hobbs both putting up six each.
  Unaka will play Indian Trail on Tuesday at 11 a.m.