Blue Devils take two at EHS

Published 9:18 pm Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Unicoi High School made the trip over to Elizabethton to face off with the Cyclones in some Three Rivers Conference action.
The Blue Devils used a fourth-quarter push to top the Cyclones 60-50, while the Lady Blue Devils came alive in the second quarter before topping Elizabethton 54-38.
In the boys’ game, the Cyclones open the first quarter with a 10-2 run before the Blue Devils posted six straight down the first-quarter stretch to cut EHS’s lead to 10-8 heading into the second period.
The first quarter saw five points from Cyclones Nico Ashley, while teammate Adam Cornett posted three.
In the second quarter, the teams fought to four ties before Elizabethton took a 19-16 lead after a 3-pointer from Cyclones Evan Perkins. Cornett connected on four-straight points to give the Cyclones a 27-22 lead with a minute left in the half. Perkins popped a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to give ‘Betsy a 30-24 lead at intermission.
The Cyclones worked out to a 35-29 lead before the Blue Devils outpaced Elizabethton 11-4 in final five minutes of the third to take a 40-39 lead before Elizabethton’s Eric Wilson tipped in a missed shot at the buzzer to give EHS a tiny 41-40 edge heading into the fourth.
The Blue Devils went on an 11-2 run to open of the fourth as they took a 51-43 lead. The Cyclones cut the margin to 53-50 with less than two minutes to play, but the Blue Devils hit five free throws down the stretch to hold off Elizabethton.
Unicoi was led by Trevor Hensley who recorded 29 points. Cornett finished with 15 points for the Cyclones.
In the girls’ game, the Lady Blue Devils climbed out to a 9-2 lead before EHS narrowed it down to 9-7. 7. By the end of the first, Unicoi held a 15-11 gap.
In the second period, Unicoi outscored Elizabethton 15-3 to hold a 30-14 lead heading into the half.
Trailing 43-25 at the end of three, the Lady Cyclones posted a 9-2 run to climb within 43-31 of Unicoi. However, the Lady Blue Devils picked up the momentum once again to hold on for a win.
Unicoi was led in scoring by Halie Padgett who finished with 22. Elizabethton’s Cam Koroma had 16 for EHS.

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