The Lady Cyclones had to work overtime, but they got the job done.
Elizabethton captured a 64-59 double-overtime victory over Johnson County on Friday night in Three Rivers action. In the boys’ game, the Cyclones used a second-quarter run to build and lead as they rolled to a 67-43 win over the Longhorns.
For the Lady Cyclones, it was a thrilling game from the start.
After falling behind nine points early in the first quarter, the Lady Cyclones used a quick run to pull within 16-15 at the end of the first quarter. Kaylen Shell hit a pair of key shots, and Cheyenne VanHuss hit a timely 3-pointer in the second quarter to push Elizabethton to a 28-26 halftime advantage.
The teams played nearly even the rest of the way.
Johnson County jumped back in front by two points at the end of the third quarter, and the teams ended regulation tied at 55.
Morgan Headrick countered a Taylor Parsons bucket with two free throws in the first overtime, and neither team was able to break the stalemate. Shell, however, took over in the second overtime period as she scored five points to push EHS to the win.
Headrick had 18 points to lead the way for Elizabethton, while Shell ended the night with 17 points. Torrie Roberts scored nine points in the win.
Taylor Cox led the Lady Longhorns with 24 points.
In the boys’ game, Elizabethton hit the gas pedal in the second quarter and never looked back.
After the Cyclones and Longhorns were tied at 14-14 early in the second quarter, EHS used a 24-5 run – sparked by Jake Roberts from the 3-point line – to roll to a 38-19 lead at the half.
In the second half, Elizabethton left no doubt as they were never threatened the rest of the way.
Roberts led the way with 21 points. Nico Ashley had 19 points, while Parker Hughes had eight points. Donte Earnest and William Willocks had four points apiece.
Zach Parsons led Johnson County with 11 points, while Michael Oxendine had 11 points for the Johnson County cause.