The Elizabethton basketball programs picked up a pair of statement wins in Three Rivers action on Tuesday night.
The Cyclones outlasted Sullivan East for a 61-57 victory in district action, while the Lady Cyclones pulled out a thrilling 56-50 win over the Lady Patriots.
In the boys’ game, it was a back-and-forth battle from the opening tip. The Cyclones saw Nico Ashley record five points in the opening frame to help Elizabethton take a 12-10 advantage after eight minutes of action. Evan Perkins hit a pair of big shots in the second quarter as EHS was able to add two points to their lead in the second quarter to maintain a 26-22 lead at the break.
Carter Everett helped the Cyclones getting a little breathing room in the third as he added 10 points in the period. That helped Elizabethton to outscore the Patriots 22-18 in the stanza for an eight-point lead going to the fourth quarter.
Sullivan East wouldn’t go quietly as Adam Davison and Dylan Bartley hit a pair of 3-pointers. Elizabethton, however, wouldn’t be denied as the Cyclones went 7-of-8 at the free throw line in the quarter to secure the win.
Eric Wilson tallied points to pace EHS, while Everett added 14 points. Perkins and Ashley finished with 10 points each.
Bartley led East with 15 points.
In the varsity opener, neither team was able to pull away from the other.
After the teams traded runs in the first quarter, East took a 12-11 lead into the second quarter. The Lady Cyclones defense rose to the occasion in the second stanza as EHS limited East to just four point. Kaylen Shell scored five points in the frame to power Elizabethton to a 21-16 halftime lead.
East came out of the gate quick in the third quarter running to the lead in the opening minutes. The Lady Cyclones battled back to pull within one point after three complete quarters.
In the fourth quarter, the teams swapped the lead and buckets down the stretch. Elizabethton, however, wouldn’t be denied as EHS held on in the frantic last minute to secure the win.
Shell finished with 25 points to lead all scorers. Abbey Townsend had 10 points, while Torrie Roberts added seven points.
Haley Grubb led Sullivan East with 21 points, and Riley Welborn had 16 points.
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