Cloudland girls remain unbeaten against determined Happy Valley

Published 4:35 pm Wednesday, December 13, 2023

STAR CORRESPONDENT

The Cloudland Lady Highlanders were looking to stay unscathed on the season when the Happy Valley Lady Warriors invaded Roan Mountain Tuesday evening.

After the Lady Warriors gave the home team all they wanted and more, the Lady ‘Landers added another notch in their belts with a 48-30 win.

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Happy Valley stayed with the home team through three quarters before finally running out of gas in the final eight minutes of the game.

Cloudland held a slim 18-12 advantage at the halftime intermission after struggling to find their shooting stroke in the opening 16 minutes of play.

Regan Blair and Makenzie Street dropped in six points apiece in the opening half for Cloudland in the first half with Street’s points coming off a pair of treys.

Izabella Christman hit for five points while contributing to the advantage.

Marcida Moore and Ashlynn Sommers scored five points apiece to help keep the Lady Warriors within striking distance. Cayden Anderson added the final two points of the half for the Lady Warriors.

The third quarter continued to be challenged as Happy Valley wouldn’t back down from the home team as Cloudland added a little more space to their lead by outscoring the Lady Warriors 11-7 in the quarter.

Cloudland finally started to get some shots to fall in the fourth quarter as they managed to pull away from Happy Valley down the stretch.

Christman had a big part in that as the post was dominating the inside so much that a vacuum cleaner could be named ‘The Izabella’ the way she was sweeping the boards to give her team second and third opportunities.

Ryan Turbyfill led the Lady ‘Lander charge as the senior netted 13 points in the win, 10 of those coming in the final eight minutes of play.

Christman finished her night with nine points with Regan Blair and Makinna Shell each finishing with seven points apiece in the win.

Street finished the game with six points while Saharra McKinney added four points. Layken Blair’s two points closed out the ledger for Cloudland.

Happy Valley was led by Sommers with nine points followed closely by Moore with eight points. Kayla Parker came alive in the fourth quarter where she scored all seven of her points.

Cayden Anderson closed out Happy Valley’s scoring with six points.

The Lady Highlanders shot 5-of-29 from the three-point arc or the score could have been much different.

Hampton comes calling Friday night to Roan Mountain in a conference showdown which should give fans their money’s worth and more.