By Richard Rourk
The Unicoi County High School girls basketball team (10-5, 3-3) kicked off a three-game homestand with a win against the Elizabethton Lady Cyclones on Tuesday, Jan. 8. The Lady Devils picked up the Three Rivers Conference win by a score of 61-57.
In a game that saw both teams tied at 28 going into the half, the score remained close until the final buzzer. The Lady Devils were led by senior guard Chloe Powers who finished the game with 19 points. Senior guard Kaylee Hendrickson put up 16 points while senior post Allee Griffith finished with 12 points.
The Lady Devils have rallied around the three seniors for leadership this season when it has been needed most. Powers and Griffith each had a double-double, as Powers added 12 rebounds to accent her 19 points and Griffith grabbed 10 boards to go with her 12 points. Hendrickson also dished out 5 assists to accompany her 16 points.
Joining the three seniors in scoring were sophomore guard Caroline Podvin who put up 6 points, junior guard Ashtan Vance who contributed 5 points and sophomore guard Tenley Holt who scored 3 points in the victory.
The Lady Devils had a better outing than their previous game which was a loss to Sullivan East.
“We played better defensively and with more scrap and grit than we did against East,” head coach Kerri King said. “That was nice to see.”
A key matchup in Three Rivers Conference play took place in Erwin on Friday, Jan. 11, as the red hot Sullivan Central Lady Cougars came into town to face the Lady Devils.
At the end of the night, the Lady Cougars remained unbeaten in conference play as they snuck out of Unicoi with a 48-39 victory over the third-place Lady Devils.
Powers, Podvin and Vance each had 10 points in the loss. Griffith had 6 points and Hendrickson had 3.
The Lady Devils will get another chance against the conference leading Lady Cougars, when the Lady Devils travel to Sullivan Central on Feb. 5.
The Lady Devils finished their three-game homestand with a 60-57 victory against the Hampton Lady Bulldogs on Monday, Jan. 14.
At the end of the first quarter, the Lady Devils jumped out to a 19-15 lead over the Lady Bulldogs.
The Lady Devils then took their foot off of the throttle and the Lady Bulldogs took advantage, taking the lead into halftime 31-26 over the Lady Devils.
King had the Lady Devils back on track when they took the court for the second half.
“We did a good job with the press in the third quarter, and we got steals and we were able to convert those into scores,” King told The Erwin Record.
The Lady Devils rallied behind the hot hand of Hendrickson, who took control of the game in the second half. Hendrickson finished with 16 points.
Powers scored 15. Griffith scored 10. Podvin scored 8. Vance scored 7 and Holt scored 4.
King said she was pleased with the outcome.
“After we took the lead we switched to zone, and I thought the girls did a fantastic job closing out on the shooters,” King said.
The Lady Devils traveled to Cloudland for a non-conference game on Tuesday, Jan. 15, after The Erwin Record’s press deadline for this issue.
The Lady Devils will come back home on Friday, Jan. 18, in a key conference game against the Lady Warriors of Happy Valley. The game will pit number two versus number three in the Three Rivers Conference.
On Tuesday, Jan. 22, the Lady Devils travel back to Sullivan County to face off in a Three Rivers Conference battle against the Lady Rebels of Sullivan South.
All games are scheduled to tip off at 6:30 p.m.