Warriors push past ‘Landers in physical contest

Published 4:12 pm Wednesday, December 13, 2023

STAR CORRESPONDENT

One word described Tuesday evening’s contest at Cloudland High School when the Highlanders and Happy Valley Warriors squared off in hardwood action and that word was pressure.

Behind a suffocating, defensive effort by the Warriors, the visitors took a road win by a 66-40 score.

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There were more bodies flying across the floor than at a WWE wrestling event as loose balls were being heavily contested as players flew into the bleachers and even the scoring table.

Nothing else can be expected when these two teams get together.

Happy Valley gained the upper hand in the first half by outscoring the home team 28-13. The Warriors Dylan Furr led the charge in the opening half by scoring 10 of the Warriors 28 points. Ron Paul Parker contributed to the charge by adding six, including a trey.

Dylan McClellan and Kingston Cole scored four points apiece for Cloudland who had problems in getting the ball near the bucket with the pressure and quick hands of the Warriors forcing numerous turnovers.

While the ‘Landers came out of the locker room with a little better grasp on the basketball, they just couldn’t get enough points to catch up and overtake the Warriors as Happy Valley finished the second half outscoring Cloudland by a 38-27 margin.

Furr finished as the game-high scorer dropping in 20 points in the contest. Parker and Darian Jackson each finished with 12 points in a contributing effort for Coach Shane Williams.

Austin Nickels added six points for the victors while Joseph Sowards and TJ Good finished with four points.

Dakota Grindstaff and Warrior fan favorite Zach Stansell each buried a trey to finish with three points. Artee Bahn closed out the scoring with a deuce.

McClellan led the Highlanders with a team-high 18 points. Cole finished with six points in the game.

Cooper Smith and Bryce Birchfield dropped in four points apiece with Grayson Cole and Nick Caraway collected three points each. Cain Barnett closed out the Cloudland scoring with two points.