The Lady Cyclones took care of business in the closing seconds.
Elizabethton’s Morgan Headrick hit a game-winning show at the buzzer to send EHS to the 43-41 victory over Unicoi County on Friday night in Three Rivers Conference action. In the boys’ game, Elizabethton was unable to get past Unicoi in a 57-46 decision.
In the girls’ game, it was a back-and-forth battle.
Elizabethton edged ahead to a 16-11 lead at the end of the first quarter as Kaitlin Bailey scored eight points in the opening eight minutes. Unicoi, however, limited the Lady Cyclones to just five points in the second stanza as the Lady Blue Devils took a slim 22-21 advantage into the locker room at the half.
The teams continued to play nearly even in the second half as neither was able to get much breathing room. Unicoi maintained a 32-27 lead entering the final quarter.
Elizabethton closed the gap in the fourth and the teams continued to have a hard-fought battle setting up the last-second heroics as Bailey found Headrick for the game-winner.
Kaylen Shell led Elizabethton with 16 points. Bailey finished with 11 points, while Headrick finished with five points.
Caroline Podvin led Unicoi with 23 points.
In the boys’ game, Elizabethton had a hot hand early.
The Cyclones raced out to a 9-0 lead in the opening minutes of the game, but the Blue Devils ended the quarter on a 9-2 run to close the deficit after one quarter of play. EHS saw Unicoi take the lead in the second stanza and the Blue Devils held a 28-23 lead at the break.
Elizabethton took a chunk out of the Unicoi lead to open the second half in part to a balanced effort that saw five Cyclones score. The Cyclones, however, saw Unicoi’s Brock Thompson take control in the final eight minutes as the Blue Devils slowly pulled away for the win.
Jordan Haynes had 12 points to lead EHS, while Nico Ashley had 11 points. Donta Earnest scored nine points for Elizabethton.
Thompson finished with 29 points to lead Unicoi- 14 of which came in the final eight minutes of the game.