University School - High School Girl's Basketball
Coach - Mr. Rayne Price
Assistant Coach - Ms. Victoria Vance
Unaka girls eliminate UH
Published February 15, 2013
By Jeff Birchfield - Press Sports Writer
Unaka (girls) 51
University High 42
Kassie Winters scored a game-high 17 points as the Lady Rangers (13-16) held off a determined University High team (11-14) in the girls' opener.
Unaka appeared ready to put the Lady Bucs away with a 12-point lead in the third quarter, only to see University High cut the margin to five 34-29 by the end of the period.
The rally included a rare four-point play by Lexi Crouthers.
After UH sliced the lead to just two points in the final quarter, Winters responded with her own four-point play to make it a six-point game.
University High kept fighting, but the Lady Rangers had too much firepower in the end.
"Kassie is best when she gets to play in space, when she doesn't have to anticipate, but just catch it and play," Unaka head coach Wes Wright said. "That's her strength. She caught it and made the big shot in transition. It was a big shot for a senior who wanted to push our season several more games."
Megan Blair finished off a stellar career with 15 points and five blocks to lead the Lady Bucs. University High head coach Rayne Price talked about how she's helped elevate the program over her four years as have fellow seniors Jurnee Carr and Courtney Woolwine.
"I know Megan is extremely disappointed, but I couldn't have asked for a better game from her," Price said. "She wanted this real bad and played with some urgency. She's brought some girls along and has set an example.
"Our other seniors, Jurnee and Courtney, have set an example with their work ethic, something the other girls can feed off of."
Savannah Wexler tallied 12 points for University High, which also had seven points from Crouthers.
"I'm not surprised by any of that," Price said. "Lexi has been playing really good lately. That's a good thing about freshmen, there's not a lot to know to be afraid of. She's kind of jumped in from day one."
Brandi Ensor and Alicia Colbaugh each ended with 10 points for Unaka, which felt UH did a good job of pushing the Lady Rangers.
"I thought coach Price and them had a good game plan against us," Wright said. "They did some stuff that hurt us. It was two teams desperate for a win, desperate to continue their season, two teams which fought like that."