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First-place Cyclones stymie Blue Devils

Gene Renfro • Jan 8, 2019 at 10:23 PM

ERWIN — Elizabethton remained undefeated in Three Rivers Conference basketball play on Tuesday night with a 52-31 win at Unicoi County.

The Cyclones improved to 5-0 against league foes with an 11-3 record overall. Unicoi County went to 4-12 overall and 1-4 in the conference.

“We came out a little more focused tonight,” said Elizabethton head coach Lucas Honeycutt. “I thought it was great effort, but execution wasn’t there in a lot of areas. But all in all, (when) you get to clear the bench and play everyone it is a good night.”

Early Elizabethton advantage

That focus helped Elizabethton to a lead, just 7-4 after a low-scoring opening quarter. Bryson Rollins had four of those points and Nico Ashley scored a bucket as well. Ashley went on to finish with a game-best 16 points, including 10 in the third quarter.

The Cyclones added to their advantage for a 25-14 lead at halftime. Parker Hughes and Evan Perkins had five points each in the second as both players had eight apiece for the game.

Blue Devils defensive

“I’m proud of the guys for our defensive effort. I felt like we played well on the defensive end and did what we wanted to do on that side,” Unicoi County head coach Michael Smith said. “We just couldn’t get anything to fall for us. Sometimes you have some of those bad shooting nights when we had a good defensive night. Turnovers in live-ball situations that gave them easy buckets hurt, too.”

The shooting woes saw the Blue Devils paced by Brock Thompson with nine points. Those nine points were apart of Unicoi County’s 25 through three quarters.

Next up

Elizabethton steps out of the conference to play Science Hill Friday while the Blue Devils welcome Sullivan Central the same night.

GIRLS

Unicoi County 61, Elizabethton 57

Unicoi County trailed early, but the Lady Blue Devils were able to do enough for a 61-57 win. Chloe Powers led everyone with 19 points, which included five 3-pointers, and 12 rebounds.

Kaylee Hendrickson helped keep the Lady Cyclones at bay down the stretch. She hit four free throws in the final 15.8 seconds to finish with 16 points. Allee Griffith chipped in another dozen points, also grabbing 10 boards.

Morgan Headrick paced Elizabethton with 18 points while Kelsie Winters and Kaylen Shell finished with 10 each.

With the outcome, Unicoi County improved to 3-2 in the conference and 9-4 overall. Elizabethton left with a 2-10 overall mark with a 1-4 league record.

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