Lady ‘Landers remains perfect in conference
Matt Laws / (email@example.com)
Rhodes hit a free throw with 25 seconds left to give Cloudland the lead and then recorded a block and grabbed the rebound with three seconds left to propel the Lady ‘Landers to a 39-38 victory over country rival Hampton. With the win, Cloudland moves to 9-0 in conference play.
Also, the Lady ‘Landers picked up a 46-36 victory over nonconference foe Johnson County on Monday, Jan. 14.
On Friday night, Cloudland took care of business against its neighboring rival. In the first quarter, neither team was able to get going offensively as the Lady Bulldogs held an 8-5 lead at the end of the frame. The teams scored five points apiece in the second quarter as Hampton maintained a 13-10 lead at the half.
The third quarter saw Cloudland take its first lead of the game just past midway, but the Lady Bulldogs went on a 9-0 run to regain a 29-22 lead heading into the final quarter.
The Lady ‘Landers, however, answered the run as the team went on a 9-2 run highlighted by a Kendall Mull three-pointer that tied the game at 31-31. After Mull put Cloudland up by three on a Mull three-pointer, Hampton matched that with a three-pointer of its own with 55 seconds lefts.
However, the senior Rhodes rose to the occasion as she knocked down a free throw, and had the biggest block and rebound of the night to secure the victory.
Courtney Wilson led the Lady ‘Landers with 12 points, while Rhodes ended the game with 11 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks. Mull finished with eight points.
On Monday night in Johnson County, Cloudland jumped out to a 10-point lead in the first quarter and then held off a late Lady Longhorn rally to take the victory.
The Lady ‘Landers ran out to a 16-6 lead in the first quarter, and held a 27-18 lead at the half.
Cloudland extended its lead in the third quarter to 12 points, but ended the frame on a 6-0 run to pull within six points entering the fourth quarter.
In the final quarter, the Lady Longhorns pulled within five points, but that was as close as the team could get as the Cloudland defense limited the Johnson County offense to just six points in the final quarter.
Rhodes led the way with 21 points and 14 rebounds, while Wilson had 12 points and eight rebounds. Martina Presnell ended the game with seven points.
The Lady ‘Landers traveled to Providence Academy on Tuesday, Jan. 22, and return to action on Thursday, Jan. 24, against South Greene inside Sonny Smith Gymnasium.