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Ladies in tournament in fourth place

Daniel Boone’s size proved to be too much in the end for the Lady Blue Devils.
Jaclyn Jenkins scored a game-high 21 points for the Lady Trailblazers as they earned fourth place with a 57-36 win over Unicoi County High School during the annual Johnson City Honda Trailblazer Classic on Thursday, Dec. 31, in Washington County.
The tournament pool consisted of UCHS, Daniel Boone, Happy Valley, Unaka, Sullivan Central and Cherokee.
The Lady Devils (5-12) got after the host squad in the first quarter, taking a 9-2 midway through the frame. Daniel Boone quickly responded with their own 16-0 spurt to end the period with an 18-9 lead.
Jenkins dropped nine of her points in the first half and the Lady Trailblazers took a 30-15 lead into halftime.
The Lady Devils continued to chip away at the lead in the second half, led by double digit scoring from Halie Padgett (11 points) and Neelee Griffith (10 points). While the Lady Devils were able to run and gun, it proved to be no match for Daniel Boone, who relied on the heavy-hitting of Jenkins and their size difference to hold a double-digit lead through the remainder of the contest.
In an all-Carter County championship, Happy Valley defeated Unaka 63-50. Sullivan Central opened the evening with a 51-37 win against Cherokee.
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The Lady Devils had the opportunity to qualify for the championship game, but stumbled against Unaka, 72-49, on Wednesday, Dec. 30.
Senior Hannah Tipton went the distance for the Lady Rangers with a game-high 30 points.
Unaka cranked up the defense in the first quarter to take a 21-5 advantage into the second.
Halie Padgett (12 points) helped her squad outscore Unaka, 19-11, heading to the halftime. UCHS trailed 32-26 at the break.
The Lady Devils were unable to stop Unaka’s offensive production in the second half as the Lady Rangers outscored the Lady Devils 40-25 to punch their ticket to the title game.
Neelee Griffith helped chip away at the lead late with nine points. Kenedy King added eight points, including a 3-pointer at the end of the third, while Allee Griffith and Ashley Edwards combined for three points to round out the scoring.
Lexi Garland also hit double digit scoring for Unaka with 10 points.
Following the contest, Hannah Rice and Ashlie Padgett competed in the three-point contest against different players from teams at the tournament. Unaka’s Katlyn Burrow took home the crown knocking in 15 shots from beyond the arc.
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UCHS snapped a five-game losing streak on Tuesday, Dec. 29, against Cherokee in day two of the tournament. King’s squad fought off a fourth quarter rally to earn a 50-47 win over Cherokee.
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The ladies returned to action on Tuesday, Jan. 5, after The Erwin Record’s press deadline against Johnson County.
The Lady Golden Raiders of Sullivan North come to Erwin on Friday, Jan. 8, to end the week. The junior varsity opens action at 3:30 p.m. and the varsity tips off at 6:30 p.m.