By Richard Rourk
The Unicoi County High School girls basketball team faced tough competition last week.
Playing at home on Tuesday, Dec. 4, the Lady Devils (6-3, 2-1) bested Three Rivers Conference foe Sullivan South, 56-47.
“South has a seasoned, mature team and they are very gritty,” coach Kerri King said. Senior guard Kaylee Hendrickson finished the night with 20 points, including 4 three-pointers. Junior guard Ashtan Vance contributed 13 points, while senior post Allee Griffith finished with 8 points. Senior guard Chloe Powers put up 6 points and sophomore Tenley Holt finished with 4 points. Sophomore guard Caroline Podvin hit a three-pointer and junior guard Kaylia Street put up 2 points in the victory.
“I thought our girls did a much better job on defense especially with boxing out and rebounding,” King said. “I’m proud of the way we played.”
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The shorthanded Lady Devils were defeated by conference foe Johnson County on Friday, Dec. 7. The crowd watched the Lady Longhorns come into Unicoi County and leave with a 56-44 victory.
Hendrickson led the Lady Devils with 12 points followed by Podvin with 10 points. Griffith and Vance put up 8 points each in the game. Powers finished with 4 points and Street put up 2 points in the losing effort.
The game was physical and the Lady Devils were without sophomore Tenley Holt, who was under concussion protocol following an injury that occurred during the Sullivan South game. Street, sophomore guard Leah Edney, and freshman guard Abigail Rush saw substantial playing time filling in for Holt.
The Lady Devils never gave up, but they just couldn’t find consistency and the Lady Longhorns played a hard-fought game.
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The Lady Devils dropped a heartbreaker on the road against the Hampton Lady Bulldogs on Saturday, Dec. 8, as they lost 50-49.
Griffith finished the night with a double-double, scoring 20 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. She also had 3 steals.
Powers put up 11 points while Podvin finished with 8 points. Hendrickson contributed 6 points and Vance finished with 4 points.
The Lady Devils were again without sophomore guard Tenley Holt, who was still in concussion protocol. “She is on her 5-day recovery watch and that will be up Wednesday, so if all goes well we are shooting for her return Friday,” King told The Erwin Record. “Tenley is such a catalyst for us, I can’t wait to get her back.”
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The Lady Devils will travel to David Crockett for a non-conference game with the Lady Pioneers on Friday, Dec. 14. They will face region foe Chuckey-Doak on the road on Saturday, Dec. 15. Junior varsity games are scheduled for 4 p.m., while the varsity games are scheduled for 6:30 p.m.