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Junior varsity squad stumbles early in new year

The Unicoi County High School junior varsity Blue Devils (7-7) (1-2) recently got back into the swing of things after not playing a game since participating in the Bluff City junior varsity tournament held at Sullivan East during the month of December.
The Devils encountered some turbulence against Happy Valley’s junior varsity squad on Friday, falling in a close 45-40 game which saw the Devils rally late behind the three-point shooting of Taylor Lafever, who finished with 15 points, all from behind the arc.
“The past two games we’ve just been out hustled,” coach Michael Smith said after the game. “We just haven’t got back to the way we played when we played in the tournament over at Sullivan East.”
Rust wasn’t an excuse for the coach.
“I think for the first game it could have been a little bit of a factor,” said Smith. “In tonight’s game, we just got beat. We weren’t on that big of break but we’ll just continue to work to get better.”
Nic Chambers continued his solid play in the post by leading the offensive effort during the night with 17 points, which led all scorers.
Sam Wilder got two trey balls to fall for him during the night with Zach Thelen rounding out the scoring for the Blue Devils during the loss.
Unicoi opened last week against Unaka on Monday, Jan. 2, and fell by a single point to open up the new year and the second half of the 2011-2012 season.
Chambers dominated the post play with a 22-point performance. Lafever and Connor Simpson chalked up 12 points each to round out the top scorers during the night for the Big Blue.
UCHS opens up next week by hosting the Hampton junior varsity Bulldogs on Tuesday, Jan. 10. They will travel to Kingsport on Friday to face the Sullivan North Golden Raiders junior varsity ball club.
All games are set to tip-off at 5 p.m.