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Blue Devils snap losing streak

Freshman Blue Devil Trevor Hensley had a “senior moment” on Friday, Jan. 9.
The Unicoi County High School Blue Devil basketball team (10-10) snapped a six-game losing streak and received 26 points from Hensley in a 67-52 decision over Johnson County during Three Rivers Conference action in Mountain City.
The victory moved the Blue Devils’ record in the league to 4-1 on the year and in a tie with Elizabethton in the second spot. Sullivan South leads the pack at 6-0.
“That losing streak was getting the best of all of us,” Hensley said. “That win was huge. It gave us all some confidence back.”
The Blue Devils held a 28-23 lead at the half and were able to blow open the contest in the third, hitting seven consecutive three-pointers.
Hensley, who hit seven three-pointers on the night, hit three of them during that stretch.
“It was just a night for it to fall for me,” he said. “I had to keep focused. Every play was another chance do something.”
UCHS drilled 10 three-pointers in the contest with Dylan Putman, Merrick Nicksic and Davis Webb tacking on one each.
Nicksic and Putman went for 11 points each to finish the contest in double figures. Sophomore Jacob Smith tacked on seven points, while Zach Thelen added four and Austin Hendrickson and Clay Simpson combined for five points to round out the scoring for the Blue Devils.
Johnson County was led by Chase Phillips’ double-double (19 points, 16 rebounds). Cody Bailie went for double-digit scoring for the Longhorns with 14 points.
The contest also featured the return of head coach John English, who had to serve a two-game suspension after being ejected in a previous contest.
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The Blue Devils kept things close in the early going on Tuesday, Jan. 6, in Colonial Heights but a 13-0 run in the second half by Sullivan South gave the Rebels a 59-34 triumph.
It was a bit of revenge for the Rebels, after an early season defeat to UCHS in the Hardee’s Classic.
“Luckily, we were able to create some offense off the defense,” South head coach Mark Pendleton said. “When we went to the 2-3 zone in the first half, we freed up their shooters so we switched to the 1-2-2 zone.
“You got to win your home games and we have to go to Unicoi County at the end of the month and they’ll be ready for us. You just try to take care of business at home and hope to steal some on the road.”
It was the defensive adjustment that slowed things up for the Blue Devils in the second half, according to coach Michael Smith.
But the Blue Devils will be ready for the rematch, he added.
“We’re still there,” Smith said of the conference landscape. “It’s just the first league loss and we still have Elizabethton, we’ll play South again and Sullivan East. There are still basketball games to go so we’re just going to move on and learn from this.”
Webb led the Blue Devils with eight points in the game.
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A busy week of conference action is on tap for the Blue Devils.
The team returned to action on Tuesday, Jan. 13, after The Erwin Record’s press deadline against Sullivan North High School.
The Blue Devils will travel to Happy Valley on Friday, Jan. 15, before ending the week on Saturday, Jan. 16 against Elizabethton.
The junior varsity games are scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. The varsity games are scheduled to begin at 8 p.m.