Sullivan East’s Kylee Wolfe teamed up with Megan Ollis to knock down the Lady Cyclones. The Lady Patriots won 60-40 in basketball action Tuesday night at The Dyer Dome.
East (5-6) won its Three Rivers Conference opener while the Lady Cyclones dropped to 0-2, 2-5.
Wolfe finished with 23 points, 13 of them coming in the third quarter when she helped quell an Elizabethton uprising and led her team in pulling back away. She also nailed five treys.
“Kylee is playing great,” said East head coach Alan Aubrey. “She’s shooting it well, but beyond that she’s our leading rebounder. She’s really turned herself into a class A sort of player. She’s a real champion.”
After a first quarter where neither team had any sustained offensive success, Sullivan East found the range in the second quarter and Elizabethton wasn’t able to answer.
“What turned the tide in the second quarter was we really played great defense,” said Aubrey. “That got our feet under us and allowed us to go into halftime with momentum.”
Megan Ollis hit three first-half 3-pointers and finished the game with 18 points.
East outscored the Lady Cyclones 16-2 in the second quarter to take a 24-12 halftime lead, and then collected the first seven points of the second half.
A good stretch
The Lady Cyclones got some things out of their fullcourt press, and made a nice little run in the third quarter. Abbey Townsend knocked down a pair of treys, and Destiny Little made another as part of a 12-0 run that closed a 36-16 deficit to eight points.
However, Wolfe knocked down a trey ball to end the rush. And by the end of the third quarter East had worked its way back to a 15-point edge, 46-31.
Townsend led Elizabethton with 10 points while Kaylen Shell and Little each had nine.