Cyclone JV dominates visiting Longhorns

Published 8:01 am Tuesday, December 5, 2023

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A basketball cliche is ‘hitting on all cylinders, but even that cliche couldn’t describe what took place when the Elizabethton Cyclone Junior Varsity played host to the Longhorns of Johnson County at John Treadway Gym.

Sprinting out to a 26-7 lead after the first quarter, the Cyclones were so far out in front by game’s end that the Longhorns couldn’t even see the dust from their sneakers as Elizabethton dealt Johnson Co. a 69-24 defeat.

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Hudson Pate connected on a pair of treys in the first quarter on his way to eight points in the period to set the tempo for the home team.

Zack Wallin tossed in seven in the first eight minutes to help the Cyclones build the big lead.

From there, it was sure inside domination from the Cyclones as sophomore Nathan Bailey took over in the paint to put one offensive rebound after another in the net to score a game-high 20 points.

In that 20 points was a rim-shaking, two-hand flush that fired up the Cyclone student body.

Pate also finished in double digits, totaling 15 in the contest.

Zack Wallin and Mason Bowling contributed nine points each in the win for Elizabethton, while Hudson Smith added five.

Justius Wallin (4), Jackson Buckles (4), and Justin Whitehead (3) closed out the scoring for the Cyclones.

Johnson Co. was paced by Kyle Maple, who scored seven of the Longhorns 24 points in the contest.