Happy Valley seized control and never let go.
The Lady Warriors pulled away in the second quarter to take a 57-35 victory over Elizabethton in the District 1-AA Girls Semifinals. With the win, Happy Valley advanced to play Sullivan East for the district crown on Monday, while Elizabethton dropped to the consolation game,
On the boys’ side, Elizabethton and Happy Valley were unable to secure their spot in the District title game as both dropped their semifinal matchup.
The teams traded points early as Kaitlyn Roberts hit a 3-pointer to give HV a 10-6 lead going into the second quarter. Roberts kickstarted the HV offense in the second quarter as the Lady Warriors quickly extended the lead to 23-8. Elizabethton’s Brittany Campbell got EHS back on the board but HV took a 29-13 lead into the locker room at the half.
Autumn Lyon and Ashley Depew hit shots to try and get the Lady Cyclones back into the game. However, Happy Valley kept Elizabethton at bay to take the win.
Roberts led Happy Valley with 17 points. Bayley McGee had nine points. Emily Whitaker tossed in six points.
Campbell and Depew had seven points apiece to lead the way for Elizabethton.
Unicoi County 82, Elizabethton 66 (Boys)
The Cyclones got a masterful performance from Michael Robinson. However, Unicoi County was able to counter it.
The Blue Devils picked up an 82-66 victory over Elizabethton to send EHS to the consolation game.
After Unicoi jumped out to a double-digit lead, the Cyclones methodically cut the lead back to seven at the half. Elizabethton was unable to get any closer than five points as Unicoi held on for the win.
Robinson had 46 points in the game, but Unicoi countered with five double-digit scorers. Eric Wilson had five points for the Cyclones.
Sullivan East 75, Happy Valley 42 (Boys)
The Warriors were unable to keep pace with a high-powered Patriot attack.
Sullivan East jumped out to a 23-6 advantage in the first quarter and was never threatened the rest of the way.
Happy Valley continued to fight as Noah Worley and Brayden Sams closed the lead to 10 points early in the second quarter. However, the Patriots used a late run to take a 38-20 lead into the half.
The Warriors were unable to dig into the lead over the final two-quarters.
Sams had 17 points to lead HV. Noah Worley had eight points.