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Lady Cyclones press issue with Science Hill

BY IVAN SANDERS
STAR SPORTS EDITOR
ivan.sanders@elizabethton.com 
For the first 16 minutes of the Elizabethton Lady Cyclones and Science Hill Lady Hilltoppers contest as part of the Hall of Fame contests played at Elizabethton High School on Saturday, the game was fairly competitive.

Elizabethton managed to build a 25-13 lead at the break, but the third quarter was just too much for the Lady Hilltoppers to overcome as an in-your-shorts-defensive-press by the Lady Cyclones forced 13 turnovers in the quarter which equated to a 17-8 run that allowed the Cyclones to take a 54-41 win.

“We have talked about this for years since I got here and our seniors are veterans and I feel like they have been here forever and we have always talked that the most important three minutes of any ball game was the three minutes that we came out of halftime,” said Lady Cyclone head coach Lucas Andrews after the win.

“We came out and gave them a layup on that first possession but then we picked up the pressure full court and got after them. Our kids like to play like that.

“If we are healthy and have enough bodies, I think that is something that we can start doing more of.”

The Lady Cyclones were draining the three-ball in the first half recording six from beyond the arc that led to the halftime lead.

Senior Torrie Roberts and freshman Reiley Whitson drained a pair of treys apiece in the half to lead the Lady Cyclones. Lina Lyon and Renna Lane collected the other three’s in the half.

While the shooting was hot from the outside, Morgan Headrick was doing her thing underneath the basket scoring five in the first half. McKendra Norris collected a deuce.

With turnovers, there normally comes easy buckets and that is exactly what translated in the final half as Lina Lyon feasted on the defensive turnovers with six points coming from within the paint.

Lane and Headrick added four points apiece in the stanza with Maddie Fowler doing some great work on the inside to register three points for the Lady Cyclones.

The Lady Hilltoppers finally put things together in the fourth and final quarter outscoring the Lady Cyclones 20-12 but it was too little too late for the Johnson City Neighbors.

Lyon and Headrick reached double digits to pace Elizabethton with 13 and 11 points respectively.

Lane finished with eight points in the contest while Whitson and Roberts registered six points apiece. Norris and Fowler matched each other with five points each.

The Lady Hilltoppers were led by Jasmin Myers and Nae Marion with 13 points apiece in the contest.

Elizabethton is scheduled to participate in the Hardee’s Classic at Jonesborough this week.