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Winning Streak Continues

Chemistry is a key component of athletics which involves how a team reacts with one another and the style of play they can bring into a game.
The chemistry built up by the Unicoi County High School Blue Devil basketball team (16-3) (2-1) will play a significant role in where they’ll finish at the end of the regular season.
The Devils began developing new chemistry during last week’s slate of games due to some different players getting inserted into new roles after two players recently left the team.
The new shakeups didn’t hurt the squad last week as they picked up wins over Unaka on Monday, Jan. 2, and conference rival Happy Valley on Friday, Jan. 6.
The two wins extended the Blue Devils win streak to nine since games. Their last loss came at the hands of Sullivan East back on Dec. 9.
“We are looking forward to finishing out the season with guys who are committed to the team and each other,” coach John English said after the win over Happy Valley. “There will be times during the season that we could have different players getting placed in new roles in games. Our depth has really showed during the past few games.”
The Devils locked up their second win in the Three Rivers Conference race with their 56-42 performance against the Warriors of Happy Valley
Unicoi took a 28-14 lead going into halftime, but coach Charlie Bayless’ ball club would not go away in the second half.
“I’ve been in many games like that,” English explained. “You start out strong and sometimes there’s nowhere to go. You have a few minutes of letdown, and the other team gets back into the game. Then it’s kind of a grind.”
Ethan Rice rallied the Blue Devils with a 16-point game, leading all scorers, which included two of his three three-pointers coming in the first half which aided in the Devils early burst.
“The guys did a great job of finding me open.” Rice said. “It really helped. It’s good to keep the wins going.”
Austin Hensley was a point behind his sophomore teammate, with a 15-point game.
“We made some mistakes in the second half, turning the ball over and they started to get back into it,” Hensley said about the game. “We were able to get the job done. I think we’re responding well. We’re just going to keep this up and finish the season up strong.”
Happy Valley’s defense did a good job of limiting the offensive production of Unicoi’s senior veterans, A. Hensley and Trevor Shelton.
“They did a good job of keeping them in check,” English said. “Games in the conference will be like this throughout the season. Teams are going to do their best to defend us, especially Austin and Trevor.”
Shelton finished with 12 points and Connor Simpson had seven of his own. Lucas Hensley wrapped up the final score tally with six points.
The Blue Devils opened up the week with a 57-44 win over coach Aaron Dugger’s scrappy Unaka Ranger ball club.
Even with the cold weather and snow outside, Shelton, who finished with a double-double, 20 points and 10 rebounds, and A. Hensley, 19 points and eight rebounds, kept the heat going for the offensive efforts of the Devils during the night,
Unicoi County kicks off this week by hosting Hampton on Tuesday, Dec. Jan. 10, in the Devils Den. The final game of the week includes a trip to Kingsport to take on the Sullivan North Golden Raiders in a highly-anticipated Three Rivers Conference showdown.
All games are set to tip-off at 8 p.m.