‘Landers rally past South; Lady ‘Landers fall
Matt Laws / (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The ‘Landers erased a double-digit deficit to rally past the Rebels to take a 78-71 victory inside Sonny Smith Gymnasium in a Hall of Champions game to open the season. In the girls’ game, Cloudland was unable to overcome foul trouble as the team fell 44-38 to the Lady Rebels.
In the boy’s game, Cloudland fell behind early and trailed 24-17 at the end of one, and was unable to close the gap in the second quarter as the team was behind 47-35.
However, it took over the game midway through the third quarter as the team used a 14-0 run capped off by a Jeffery Rhinehart basket to take a 56-55 lead. The Rebels battled back to take a 59-56 lead into the final stanza.
The teams traded points throughout most of the quarter. Devin Whitehead hit a three-pointer with a 1:30 on the clock to give Cloudland a 70-67 lead. After Sullivan South tied the game, Logan Russell hit a three-pointer and Zac Benfield added a pair of baskets to secure the win for Cloudland.
Zac Potter recorded a team-high 22 points, while Russell ended the game with 15 points. Mason Carnett added 12 points.
In the girls’ game, Cloudland jumped out to an early 7-0 lead, but saw Sullivan South get back in the game as the Lady ‘Landers dealt with early foul trouble. CHS maintained a 13-10 lead at the end of the first quarter, but the Lady Rebels outscored Cloudland 16-6 to take a 26-18 lead into the half.The Lady ‘Landers fought to get back in the game, but was unable to get any closer than six points down the stretch.
Both teams also played a pair of games at Sullivan East on Saturday afternoon. The Cloudland boys defeated David Crockett 69-51 before falling to the host Patriots 78-55, while the Lady ‘Landers picked up a 58-33 victory over Lebanon, but was unable to answer a late Sullivan East jumper as the team fell 46-43.