The Elizabethton boys basketball team delivered a statement win on Friday night.
The Cyclones outlasted Science Hill for a 57-52 victory inside Treadway Gymnasium for a non conference victory. In the girls’ game, Elizabethton was unable to hold on to a third-quarter lead in a 62-47 decision.
It was a quick start for the Cyclones in the boys’ game.
Elizabethton got a boost from a pair of 3-pointers from Evan Perkins and Nico Ashley added five points in the first quarter to push EHS to a 19-10 lead at the end of the first quarter. Points, however, were hard to come by in the second as the Cyclones were limited to just two points in the stanza. That allowed the Hilltoppers to take a slim 23-21 advantage into the locker room at half.
In the second half, Elizabethton continued to battle.
The Cyclones regained the lead in the third quarter with a balanced attack. After taking a 36-34 lead to the final quarter, EHS took care of business in the final quarter. The Cyclones went 7-of-12 from the free throw line during the final quarter, and used big 3-pointers from Bryson Rollins, Eric Wilson and Perkins to secure the win.
Ashley finished with a game-high 16 points. Wilson scored 13 points – seven of which came in the fourth quarter. Perkins and Rollins had nine and eight points, respectively.
In the girls’ game, Elizabethton battled back from an early hole.
The Lady Hilltoppers jumped out to a 15-8 lead in the first quarter, but Elizabethton answered the bell in the second. With five points from Torrie Roberts, EHS kept pace with Science Hill and trailed 28-22 at the break.
EHS used an 11-2 third quarter run to take a 33-30 advantage, and maintained a 36-35 lead after three complete quarters. The Lady Hilltoppers, however, were able to slowly pull away in the final four minutes for the win.
Kaylen Shell led Elizabethton with 15 points, while Morgan Headrick tallied 14 points. Roberts added nine points to the EHS cause.