Cloudland advances to girls championship



  JOHNSON CITY--The Sweet Sixteen Shootout semifinal round took place on Tuesday at Freedom Hall, with Unaka's boys and the Cloudland and T.A. Dugger girls all hoping to play for the championship today. The Junior Lady Highlanders were the only team to advance.
  The Junior Rangers had the game all but won until the fourth quarter, when they had a defensive meltdown.
  Michael Bowers would hit a trey, Jeff Peters would hit a trey and go one-of-two at the foul line, and Adam Colbaugh went three-of-four at the line for an 8-5 Unaka lead going into the second quarter.
  Colbaugh put up a trey and hit three from the charity stripe before Michael Bowers hit a field goal and Peters hit two field goals. John Sevier's Craig Mitchum hit a three and Dustin McConnell and Michael Willis each hit a trey, but it wasn't enough for a halftime lead with Unaka up 22-13.
  Willis' three treys in the third quarter, though, helped the Sevier squad cut the lead down to 28-23.
  Sevier would come back in the fourth quarter and hold the Ranger squad down to five points, three of which were at the charity stripe, and it managed to bank down 14 points and rip the lead away for a 37-33 edge.
  Peters led both teams with 15 points and Colbaugh tallied 12 points, including one three and going eight-of-12.
  Willis topped Sevier with 13 points and Dustin McConnell had 11 points, including two from the outside.
  "We quit playing," Unaka head coach Mark Revis. "We didn't block out. We didn't hit those free throws. That done us in right there. We just quit playing on the defensive end. That's what got us beat.
  "I thought that we had a chance there. I thought that we should have won. But the way we played the last eight minutes of the game, we didn't deserve the win. That's what happened against a good team. You have to finish them off. "
  Unaka will play Science Hill No. 2 in the third-place contest at 5:15 p.m. today.
  Science Hill 36
  T.A. Dugger 20
  The Junior Lady Cyclones didn't look like they were in the ballgame until the fourth quarter.
  The Junior Lady 'Toppers held down T.A. Dugger to just two points in the first quarter compared to their 11, and went out at halftime with a 14-5 lead.
  Mariah Pietrowski put down two layins and got one offensive rebound for a goal to put up the only points for her team in the third quarter. Four different players for Science Hill got on the boards in the quarter and the 'Toppers stretched to a 27-11 lead going into the fourth.
  When the fourth quarter got started, Pietrowski hit a trey and 'Topper Johneshia Good sank a long three for a 30-13 score. Madison McKinney and Elizabeth Quintero both came off the bench and put up field goals for the Cyclones but they just couldn't catch up to the 'Topper squad.
  Pietrowski led the Lady Cyclones with 11 points.
  Lady 'Topper Good led all players with 20 points, including one three and going five-of-seven from the charity stripe.
  "They weren't that much better than us -- we just played badly," T.A. Dugger head coach Angie Barker said. "You can't play the way we did and expect to win the ballgame. If they decide that they want to win a ball game, we will win it. We weren't ready to play tonight. We have the opportunity to beat Greeneville if they come out ready to play."
  T.A. Dugger will play Greeneville at 4:15 p.m. today for third place.
  Cloudland 34
  Greeneville 31
  The Junior Lady Highlanders almost lost this game and a bid to go into the championship round.
  Jordan Miller put up two treys and Brooke Johnson and Sydnie Buchanan both had a free throw sink while Greeneville's Nicole Dickson found the net twice and Morgan Shipley hit it once. Both teams tallied up six points in the fourth quarter.
  In the second quarter, Miller sank one on the inside and Johnson hit two-of-six charity points and two treys. Brooke Hughes also hit a trey.
  Greeneville's Dickson, Jeana Medlin and Brianna Kelley all hit a trey and Kelley hit one-of-two at the line but Greeneville trailed by two points going into the half, 15-13.
  Cloudland only gave up points in the third to Hannah Abelson who went three-of-four at the line but Greeneville gave up much more. Shellie McKinney, Johnson and Buchanan all hit treys while Miller put up a three and the Lady Highlanders stretched to a nine point-lead going into the fourth quarter.
  MIller put up five points in the fourth, including another long one from the outside and Hughes hit a trey. Buchanan hit two points at the charity stripe and the Lady Highlanders tallied up nine points.
  Dickson put down three field goals but the Lady 'Landers sent Greeneville to the charity stripe five times and gave up five points. Greeneville, however, came up three points shy of making it into the championship.
  "We were up 32-18 and they changed a few things there," Cloudland head coach Randy Birchfield said. "We had a hard time getting the ball in. They made some big plays. Good teams don't. They battle until the very last second. We lead them start to finish and never lost the lead.
  "Our kids played great," he said. "Miller shot the eyes out of it from downtown. Johnson made some big free throws there at the end of the game. We lost our composure there a little bit. I guess we bent but we never did break. They are very well coached and have a very talented group. We are just lucky to get out of here with the win and we'll go at it again tomorrow at 6:15."
  Cloudland will face Science Hill for the championship.
  Ross Robinson 32
  Lamar 26
  Murr lead the Lady Cherokees with 16 points but couldn't carry the burden of the team. Frohlich tallied 10 points for Ross Robinson and Harville tallied nine points. France tallied eight points.
  Ross Robinson 49
  T.A. Dugger 37
  Julian Smith tallied up 16 points for the Junior Cyclone squad and Kyle Wash put up six points.
  Justin Sylvester tallied 20 points for Ross Robinson and Todd Halvorson put up nine.
  Science Hill No. 1 46
  Science HIll No. 2 19
  Hamilton led all scorers in this inter-school, semi-final battle with 11 points. L. Smith put up nine points for the No. 1 team.