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Lady Cyclones fall in state opener

Carter County Sports

The Lady Cyclones saw the season come to an end in the TSSAA Class AA Quarterfinals with a heartbreaking 42-41 loss to Westview on Thursday evening inside the Murphy Center.

The loss ends the season at 33-1 for Elizabethton.

It took both squads a few minutes to get rolling as Kelci Marosites and Kayla Marosites scored early points for EHS. Emily Schubert and Emily Kiser helped the Lady Cyclones take a 9-7 lead after a quarter of play.

After Westview’s Lydia Pritchett opened the second with a trey, Haley Burleson pushed EHS into the lead, and Schubert scored four straight points. Back-to-back buckets from Ka. Marosites   gave the Lady Cyclones an eight-point lead with 3:27 left in the second quarter.

A Kiser 3-pointer gave Elizabethton an 11-point lead, but the teams traded points with Ka. Marosites adding a pair of free throws to give EHS a 24-15 advantage at the half.

Ka. Marosites and Schubert kickstarted the second half for Elizabethton as the Lady Cyclones held a 28-16 lead with 4:56 left to play in the third. The Lady Chargers, however, had a late answer as a 10-3 run closed the gap to 32-29 entering the final quarter.

The score remained unchanged for nearly the first two minutes of the final quarter as Ka. Marosites opened the scoring with a jumper. Deja Graves, however, answered for Westview, but Kiser drained a 3-pointer to give EHS a 37-31 lead with just over four minutes to play.

The teams traded points over the next couple of minutes as Graves and the Lady Chargers pulled within two points with two minutes to play. Ke. Maronites knocked down a jumper with 1:34 on the clock to push the Elizabethton lead to four points.

However, Graves scored four points in the final minute – including the game winner with six-seconds remaining. The Lady Cyclones pushed the ball past midcourt, but saw the buzzer beater shot fall short.

Ka. Marosites, who was named Class AA Miss Basketball on Tuesday, recorded a game-high 16 points and nine rebounds. Ke. Marosites and Kiser tallied eight points apiece, while Schubert had seven points to go with seven rebounds.

As a team, Elizabethton was 16-of-37 from the floor and 2-of-7 from behind the arc.

Graves had 13 points to lead Westview. The Lady Chargers ended the game 15-of-40 from the field and 5-of-15 from behind the 3-point line.

The loss marks the end of the career of the most successful senior class in program history. The seniors, Ka. Marosites, Ke. Marosites, Melenda Perry, Schubert and Kiser, recorded a record of 124-10 over the course of four years. Elizabethton had won 33 straight games entering the state tournament.

Elizabethton Head Coach Len Dugger comments

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