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UCHS defeats Chuckey-Doak, Boone, loses to Tennessee High

Three-point shooting is a rare skill to possess for players on the hardwood, but last Tuesday night the Devils had everything clicking from behind the arc.
Riding behind eight three-pointers, Unicoi County (6-2) outlasted coach Sam Broyles’ Chuckey-Doak Black Knight squad (2-4) by the score of 69-31 at the Devils Den in Erwin on Tuesday, Nov. 29.
The weather may of been cold outside, but the Devils were keeping warm inside thanks to their play on offense.
“It’s big to get a win like this early in the season,” coach John English said after the game. “We have a very balanced team and we got everything to click tonight. It’s still a work in progress, but the guys are making strides.”
Austin Hensley, who finished the game with 19 points, started off on fire during the first quarter scoring ten of his points during an early 17-0 run in the quarter.
“It just shows that the losses can stay in the past and we just work on upcoming games,” Hensley said. “We just have to keep on pushing to get ourselves better during the season.”
Senior Davey Edwards, finished with 19 points as well, including five three-pointers.
“Davey has done a great job for us from the three-point line,” English explained. “He’s had around 15 three-pointers in the past three games. It’s good to have that outside shot with us on top of our play inside from Austin and Trevor (Shelton).”
Shelton shared what the team is looking to continue to do after the win.
“We have to keep playing hard and keep Davey on fire,” Shelton said. “This is a good win for us tonight and good motivation for the season.”
Shelton finished the night with only five points but made his presence known with his effort on the defensive side of things, which included two blocks.
English’s Devils gave the fans some excitement at the end of the second quarter with Edwards drilling a three-pointer at the buzzer going into halftime.
Not to be outdone, Issac Harris, nailed a buzzer-beater of his own at the end of the third quarter.
“We’ve had some troubles shooting early but it really came around tonight,” English said. “The guys came out early with the big lead and didn’t let up.”
Sophomore, Ethan Rice, scored in double figures with 13 points, nine of which came from behind the arc.
Lucas Hensley scored four points along with Connor Simpson getting three points of his own.
The Devils’ defense kept the Black Knights in check, which resulted in Chuckey-Doak’s low scoring each quarter, with the most points being scored in the second quarter (10 points as a team.)
Unicoi’s younger players saw considerable playing time toward the end of the game with freshmen Zach Thelen scoring his first varsity points and Nic Chambers getting five points of his own. Austin Green also contributed with three rebounds.
Unicoi County began the Big Eight/Three Rivers Challenge by traveling to Tennessee High’s Viking Hall on Friday, Dec. 2 to go against Daniel Boone without starter, Austin Hensley, who was out nursing an ankle injury that occurred during the game against Chuckey-Doak.
“It’s a great opportunity for us,” English said about the challenge. “Being able to get some games in against some bigger 3A schools will really help the kids with experience against some tough competition.”
The Devils outlasted the Daniel Boone Trailblazers (2-5) by the score of 38-36 in Bristol, Tn. Friday night
Trevor Shelton recorded a double-double during the night, leading all scorers with 14 points and 12 rebounds.
Lucas Hensley, brother of Austin, scored in double figures with 12 points, including the two free-throws that sealed the victory for the Devils late in the fourth quarter.
Ethan Rice scored eight points and Connor Simpson scored six.
The Devils then finished up the series with a 64-43 loss to Big Eight powerhouse Tennessee High in Erwin on Saturday to wrap up the challenge for the 2011 season.
The challenge will be held again for a second year during the 2012 season, with Daniel Boone and Sullivan East being the host sites for the games.
Coach English’s crew opens up conference play this week with Elizabethton coming to Erwin on Tuesday, Dec. 6. The other conference game this week will be held on Friday, with the Devils traveling to Sullivan East in a rematch from the Hardee’s Classic championship game played earlier this season. Unicoi County will then travel to Hampton High School on Saturday to end the slate of games for the week.
Tip-off for all games is slated for 8 p.m.