The Lady Warriors certainly weren’t intimidated by crosstown rival and the defending state champions. However, Elizabethton had the knockout punch.
Elizabethton used a 10-0 run in the final 1:10 to pull away and take a 68-53 victory over the Lady Warriors on Warrior Hill on Friday night. The win moves Elizabethton to 6-0 on the season and 2-0 in the Three Rivers Conference, while Happy Valley moves to 6-2 overall and 2-1 in conference play.
In the boys’ varsity contest, Elizabethton pulled away late in the second quarter and never looked back as they rolled to a 77-58 victory over the Warriors. It was Elizabethton’s fifth straight win.
In the girls’ game, Kalee Johnson and the Lady Warriors came out of the gate strong as they took a 15-13 lead into the second quarter. The Lady Cyclones, however, answered the bell as Kelci Marosites and Sarah Robinson kicked off an 11-1 run to open the second before Johnson drained a jumper to stem the tide. Jenna Eaton and Brianna Buck added baskets for the Warriors, but Marosites and Melenda Perry each added a basket to send the Lady Cyclones to the half with a 34-22 advantage.
Johnson had a game-high 13 points in the first half, while Perry recorded seven to pace the Cyclones.
In the third stanza, points were hard to come by. A 9-0 Happy Valley run just past the midpoint of the quarter started by a Kenzie Davis jumper that pulled the Lady Warriors within eight points heading into the fourth.
A Robinson layup regained an 11-point lead in the opening minute of the fourth for the Lady Cyclones but Kaylee Street and Johnson added two points apiece quickly to close the gap. Free throws by Eaton and Johnson brought the Warriors within six but Ke. Marosites drained back-to-back treys for Elizabethton.
Johnson and Eaton both capitalized on a pair of free throws to answer the Ke. Marosites 3-pointers, but Ke. Marosites drained another to kick off the final 10-0 run to send Elizabethton to the win.
Johnson’s 23 points was a game high and paced the Lady Warriors, while Eaton finished with eight points. Ke. Marosites and Ka. Marosites had 18 and 17 points, respectively, to lead Elizabethon while Emily Kiser and Robinson had 11 points apiece.
In the boys’ game, it was a nip and tuck battle until the Cyclones ended the second quarter on a 21-4 run to propel them to the 77-58 victory.
That run proved to be the difference as Elizabethton held a slim four-point lead heading into the second quarter. The Warriors tied the game with just under five minutes to play in the second half. However, Elizabethton took control from there and raced to a 46-29 lead at the half.
Elizabethton’s Tyler Nichols led all scorers with 24 points, while Austin Cornett had 20 points for the Cyclones. Bo Pless added 11 points for the Cyclone cause.
Happy Valley was led by Brandon Young’s 16 points while Josh Hammonds scored 14 points in the game.
Elizabethton improves to 5-0 (2-0 TRC) with the win, while Happy Valley moves to 3-4 (1-2) on the season.