Flame killers… Jr. Lady Cyclones snuff out Jr. Lady Greene Devils, 39-17

Published 12:35 am Wednesday, December 4, 2019

For any team that can hold a Greeneville basketball team to three points in the first half, that team is either athletically talented or playing defense at a high level.
In the case of the T.A. Dugger Jr. High Lady Cyclones, both items could be checked off on Monday night as the athletic play and smothering defense of the Jr. Lady Cyclones totally unglued the Jr. Lady Greene Devils as TAD built an 18-3 halftime lead and cruised the second half to a 39-17 victory.
Michelle Shields was hotter than a Carolina Reaper chili pepper in the first half as she scorched the nets for 14 points in 12 minutes of play with two treys in the mix.
Marlena Mathena and Abbie Crigger scored two points apiece to build the lead in the half.
Mathena also was the reject master in the half blocking numerous Jr. Lady Greene Devil shots at the basket roaming the paint while the team as a whole played outstanding man-to-man defense causing tons of frustration to their visitors.
With the big lead, the Jr. Lady Cyclones continued to play consistent basketball in the second half to secure the win.
While Shields only scored two in the second half, the rest of the team stepped up to pick up the scoring load.
Rhi Williams scored all five of her points in the third quarter while Sayla Orellana dropped in four points in the fourth stanza. Crigger totaled four in the contest as well.
Kayelyn Nave and Marley Lewis registered three points each in the win while Crigger and Kaiya Simmons collected two points each.
Junior Varsity
T.A. Dugger…..34
The JV Jr. Lady Cyclones got the night off to a good start by taking a nine-point win over Greeneville.
While the Jr. Lady Greene Devils would never go away often closing to within four to six points, the Jr. Lady Cyclones managed to continue to press forward to keep the visitors at arm’s length in the contest.
Andrea Flores led six Jr. Lady Cyclones in scoring with 11 points. Aubrey Cole and Lillie McDuffie contributed to the win with eight and seven points respectively.
Jamira Smalls had four big points in the paint at critical stages of the game while Hannah Hodge and Kalli Shepard pitched in with two points apiece.

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