Lady Cyclones wreak havoc at Unicoi

Published 2:34 pm Sunday, January 18, 2015

With Cyclones there is usually rain.

And Elizabethton flooded the court Satuday night inside of Unicoi County High School.

Things got torrential as the Lady Cyclones busted 14 threes during their 73-36 win over the Lady Blue Devils, claiming their 39th straight win.

Subscribe to our free email newsletter

Get the latest news sent to your inbox

How does ’Betsy sink so many treys? According to Kelci Marosites, who led in triples with five,  it takes a lot of practice.

“We shoot all the time,” she said. “You know, we will come together in the gym on our own, and we really work on it.”

The Lady Cyclones were led in scoring by Kayla Marosites, who totaled 21 points. She was followed up by her sister, Kelci, who had 17. Emily Kiser and Sarah Robinson both had 9.

After a slow opening in the first, Elizabethton was able to take the lead in the first frame, ending the period up 12-8.

“The next one has to go in, we can’t shoot it anywhere,” Cyclones head coach Len Dugger said about the first minutes of the game. “That is when I take a 30-second time out, and they probably thought I was going to fuss at them. But I just told them, ‘Hey, they are going to fall. Just keep moving the ball and just bare down and they will start going for you.”

And the shots certainly did start to fall, with the Lady Cyclones sinking three triples in the second period, two of which came back-to-back from Melinda Perry and Haley Burleson. After Kelci Marosites hit the last three of the period, Elizabethton went to the locker room up 31-15.

The second half was opened up with a 11-point run by the Lady Cyclones, which was ignited by a bucket from Megan Pietrwoski and closed with a three from Kelci to put EHS up 43-15. The Clones dropped four treys in the period to go into the fourth up 51-25.

It was in the fourth, when the rain went from steady to a downpour as the Lady Cyclones burnt the net with seven three, with Emily Kiser nailing two in a row.

“I think we got really comfortable,” Dugger said about the Lady Cyclones’ lesson from the three-point arc. “I thought the key to that was the way we moved the basketball. I thought we passed it really well and made some extra practices, finding the open man.”

Another key to EHS’ win was their machine-like full court press.

“We always get after them, and it gets us going,” said Kelci Marosites said about EHS’ defense Saturday night.

With the fact of their 39th win coming to light, you would think the pressure to win would be increasing, but for the Lady Cyclones its all about the game they are playing that night.

“To our coaching staff, the most important game we have on the schedule is Tuesday night,” Dugger said. “I think the girls feel the same way about that also. I think they love competing. They love playing the game, and they are just anxious to go and play the next one.”

“You know, we had a shoot around today and went over a couple of things, and that (winning streak) was never mentioned. We don’t talk a lot about that kind of stuff. We talk about getting ready for the next one. You know, the girls are the reason these nice things have happened to our program. And I’ll guarantee you, our coaching staff and our kids both would say, that it is much for our school and our community and especially our fans. I think these kids realize that we are very fortunate. We have some great fans that support us and follow us. We appreciate that more than anything.”

With the victory the Lady Cyclones moved to 8-0 in the Three Rivers Conference, while advancing to 19-0 overall.

Next up for EHS is a trip to Sullivan East Tuesday.

For photo from Saturday’s game click here.

Girls Box

Elizabethton 73

Ka. Marosites 21, Ke. Marosites 17, Kiser 9, Robinison 9, Perry 7, Burleson 5, Pietrowski 3, Campbell 2

Unicoi 36

Brown 12, Webb 8, Rice 7, Padgett 3, Lynch 2, Hayes 2, Harness 2

Elizabethton 12 19 20 22 — 73

Unicoi             8 7 10 11 — 36

3-point goals— Elizabethton 14 (Ke. Marosites 5, Ka. Marosites 4, Kiser 3, Perry 1, Burleson 1) Unicoi 6 (Brown 4, Webb 2)