Kaylia Street drives to the goal against Chuckey-Doak on Saturday, Dec. 15, in Afton. (Contributed photo by Teresa Parkey)

By Richard Rourk

The Unicoi County High School girls basketball program marched into Jonesborough on Friday, Dec. 14, and both the junior varsity and varsity squads left with victories.

The Lady Devil junior varsity team held off a late run by the Lady Pioneers for a 30-28 victory. The Lady Devils varsity squad (8-3, 2-1) found themselves holding off an aggressive Lady Pioneer team for a 53-40 win on the road.

The Lady Devils welcomed back sophomore guard Tenley Holt, who had been out due to concussion protocol for the last two games. Holt put up 9 points for her return.

Senior guard Chloe Powers went off for 18 points, including a pair of three-pointers late in the game. Junior guard Ashtan Vance had the magic touch early putting up 9 points in the first quarter.

Scoring 7 points was senior guard Kaylee Hendrickson. Sophomore guard Caroline Podvin put up 6 points while Senior post Allee Griffith scored 4 points and grabbed 7 rebounds.

The Lady Devils found themselves in foul trouble late in the game but the bench came in for the save.

“Guards Leah Edney and Kaylia Street were solid in the third quarter when Caroline and Kaylee were in foul trouble,” King told The Erwin Record.

The Lady Pioneers put on a late run led by Emma Gouge who finished with 19 points.

“Crockett was trapping and putting all kinds of pressure on us, but we stayed composed and calm,” King said of the victory.

This was a big win for the Lady Devils who were coming off of a two-game losing streak.

“Crockett was coming off two big wins and playing with a momentum swing and I was proud of how we just stayed the course and how we were patient against their matchup zone and got the job done,” King told The Erwin Record.

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The Lady Devils picked up their second win in 24 hours as they cruised by the Chuckey-Doak Lady Black Knights, 70-23, on Saturday, Dec. 15, on the road.

The Lady Devils were led by Holt, who finished with 15 points. Podvin and Street each put up 10 points. Finishing with 7 points was Hendrickson. Edney, freshman guard Abigail Rush and Griffith finished with 6 points each. Contributing 4 points a piece were Powers and Vance. Junior Jayla Stockfelt put up 2 points in the victory. Podvin and Edney had 5 rebounds each and Holt and Hendrickson each had 3 steals. The Lady Devils had 13 total steals as a team. Hendrickson, Powers, and Holt each had 3 assists for the win.

King was pleased with the teamwork she saw from her squad.

“Everyone contributed and we distributed the ball well,” King told The Erwin Record.

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The Lady Devils will not be in action again until Jan. 4, when they travel to Sullivan County to face Three Rivers Conference foe Sullivan East.