Forcing 10 first-half turnovers, Unaka (10-8, 2-2 WVC) raced to a 35-20 halftime lead behind 15 points from senior guard Isaac Hill. Zack Scott led the way for North in the first half with six points along with Tyler Depriest.
“Unaka dominated the boards tonight,” Golden Raiders head coach Travis Cain said. “We have to do a better job of rebounding, I have to do a better job of coaching and getting these kids prepared, and they have to do a better job of being coached.”
Unaka led 50-31 after three periods and things got very chippy in the fourth quarter — when the Rangers pulled away and both teams emptied their benches. At the 1:17 mark, a North fan came charging from the stands, bringing the entire game to a screeching halt.
“We have to do a better job of keeping our composure,” Cain said. “We have to keep playing and not let circumstances get in the way of the game. I thought we played hard, but we didn't play smart.”
Bryant Herron led the way for North (4-13, 0-4) with eight points with Zack Scott and Trey Williams each adding six.
Unaka 57, Sullivan North 21
The Lady Rangers forced 13 first-half turnovers in taking a 27-10 halftime advantage and ran away and hid in this one. Post Myah Parlier had a game-high 21 points with 11 coming in the first half.
Unaka (8-10, 2-2 WVC) took a 13-4 first period lead — Parlier pitched in eight of those points — and extended to its halftime lead by outscoring North 14-6 in the second quarter.
“We're young and we struggle with that (turnovers),” explained Lady Raiders head coach Chris Salley. “The Parlier girl is a handful and I thought we did a reasonably good job on her in the first half. We got tired in the second half, but I was pleased with the effort. We didn't quit.”
The Rangers scored the first 15 points before a free throw from Hannah Mullins stopped the bleeding for the Lady Raiders. The Unaka run gave the Rangers a 42-11 lead with 4:01 left in the third quarter.
The Lady Raiders (5-8, 0-4 WVC) entered the fourth period with a 46-17 deficit. Lensey Tanner led the Raiders with six points with Sahara Bates and Emily Schwartz each adding five.