It wasn’t the way the Cyclones had planned on celebrating.
Elizabethton was unable to make a late run as they fell 51-44 on senior night to Johnson County on Friday night.
The Lady Cyclones, however, had no problem as they cruised to a 79-13 win over the Lady Longhorns.
In the first quarter, Elizabethton controlled the game as a pair of Hunter Greene free throws game the Cyclones a 16-4 advantage and maintained a 19-8 advantage after a quarter of play. The second quarter saw Johnson County slowly chop into the Elizabethton lead as the Cyclones maintained a 24-18 lead at the half.
The momentum continued to be on the Longhorns’ side as they quickly pulled within one possession for most of the third quarter. Elizabethton maintained a 37-36 lead entering the final quarter. The final minutes saw Chase Phillips push Johnson County into the lead with just over two minutes to play, but the Cyclones tied the game with a Bo Pless jumper with 45 seconds on the clock. Austin Houser scored on a contact filled lay-up, and that proved to be the winning basket as Johnson County hit their free throws down the stretch to secure the win.
Tyler Nichols led the way with 16 points. Pless tallied 14 points, and Hunter Greene scored five points in the game.
Elizabethton ran out to a 28-4 lead in the first quarter and never looked back as they celebrated senior night with a 79-13 win. The Lady Cyclones continued to overpower the Lady Longhorns by holding a 54-8 advantage at the half.
Kelci Marosites recorded a game-high 20 points, while Kayla Marosites finished with 18 points. Haley Burleson scored 12 points for the Lady Cyclones, while Emily Kiser tossed in 10 points.
The win improved Elizabethton to23-0 on the season and 11-0 in conference play.