Elizabethton came away with a pair of road wins on Friday night.
The Cyclones held on for a 59-52 victory over Unicoi County, while the Lady Cyclones overcame a sluggish offensive performance to take a 38-32 victory over the Lady Blue Devils.
Michael Robinson and company jumped out early as the Cyclones raced out to a 13-2 lead. Unicoi closed back within six points, but Alex Norwood, Eric Wilson and Adam Cornett helped Elizabethton push it back to a 29-18 lead at the half
The Blue Devils, however, wouldn’t go down without a fight. Unicoi opened the third quarter on a run to take a 30-29 lead. Corey Russell and Norwood hit shots as EHS regained a 38-32 advantage going into the final quarter.
Unicoi battled back to close the lead to three points in the closing minute. However, Robinson took advantage of free throws to secure the win.
Robinson had 25 points to lead Elizabethton, while Norwood had eight points. Russell tallied six points.
In the girls’ game, Elizabethton set the tone early to take a 17-6 at the end of the first quarter. EHS was unable to keep the offense clicking in the second quarter as they only scored five points in the frame. The Lady Cyclone defense, however, kept Unicoi stymied as EHS took a 22-14 advantage into the half.
The third quarter saw the teams play even as both units tallied four points in the frame. After the Lady Blue Devils pulled within three points, Ashley Depew and Autumn Lyons made some big free throws down the stretch to preserve the win.
Depew had 15 points to lead Elizabethton. Lyon added 13 points to the EHS cause.