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Unaka Rangers roll past Lady Longhorns 84-50

By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
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“Three of a kind and two aces” were more than enough to knock off Johnson County before a “full house” on Friday.
The Tipton sisters led by senior guard Hannah “flushed” out an 84-50 win inside of Snavely Gymnasium.
Hannah provided 20 points, 11 rebounds and four assists in the win. Sophomore sister Sarah added nine points, five rebounds and four steals.
Freshman guard Savannah contributed seven points and played a great floor game in her reserve role. In all they combined for 36 points, 19 rebounds, seven assists and six steals.  But there was plenty of  help supplied by some other Rangers.
Kaitlyn Weaver tallied 11 points and eight rebounds and Kaitlyn Burrow reached double figures with 10. A dozen Lady Rangers scored in the contest.
That offset the outstanding play from Johnson County’s point guard, Michala Cretsinger. She ended the night with 20 points, eight rebounds and three steals.
“We played pretty well on offense tonight but our defense was just too inconsistent,” said Cretsinger. “They would go on a run and we would go on a run. They just had a few more than we did. We had too many defensive breakdowns, not helping out. We’ve got to get better at defending.”
The Lady Rangers led 19-7 after one thanks in part to six points scored by Kaitlyn Weaver. But Johnson County fought hard to stay within striking distance.
Courtney Brooks helped the cause with five second-quarter points and freshman guard Destiny Cole provided four along with Cretsinger.
The Longhorns trailed 43-27 at the half but continued to play hard despite the 16-point deficit.
Hannah Tipton’s nine points in the third quarter and five more by Burrow allowed the Rangers to build a 20-point advantage midway through the third. Cretsinger  prevented further damage by draining three treys in the quarter.
Unaka put the game on ice by outscoring Johnson County 20-8 in the final frame.
The Longhorns got six points and seven rebounds from Cole in limited play. Brooks finished with seven points and Kelsie Terrill added eight points and two steals. Kelsey Duperry grabbed a team high 10 rebounds.

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