The Elizabethton boys squad went on a run and never looked back.
The Cyclones erased an early deficit and then rolled to a 67-51 victory over Sullivan South on Monday night. In the girl’s game, the Lady Cyclones were unable to hold onto a second half lead as they dropped a 47-39 decision to the Lady Rebels.
In the boys’ game, the Cyclones had their work cut out for them early on.
After South took a 10-7 lead into the second quarter, the Rebels pushed the lead to seven-points in the early going. Parker Hughes and Nico Ashley hit shots in the quarter to help stem the tide, and the Cyclones used an 11-2 run to regain the lead. Elizabethton took a 24-20 advantage into the half.
The third quarter saw the game continue to be tight until the Cyclones went on a quick 10-0 run. From there, it was all Elizabethton as the Cyclones rolled to the win.
The sophomore Hughes led the way with 25 points, while Eric Wilson and Ashley had 12 points apiece. Evan Perkins scored eight points in the win.
In the girls’ game, Elizabethton battled back early.
The Lady Cyclones saw Kaylen Shell and Torrie Roberts each hit a 3-pointer while Morgan Headrick added a free throw, but South held a 10-7 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Elizabethton defense stymied the Lady Rebels in the second stanza as EHS allowed just four points in the quarter. The Lady Cyclones took full advantage with four combined 3-pointers to take a 21-14 lead into the half.
The third quarter saw Elizabethton maintain the lead for part of frame before the Lady Rebels used a late run to take a 31-30 lead into the final eight minutes. The Lady Cyclones continued to battle, but South methodically pulled away to take the win.
Shell finished with 13 points, while Roberts added nine points for Elizabethton. McKendra Norris and Headrick had five points apiece.