ELIZABETHTON — It’s early in the season, but Elizabethton left a calling card for the Knoxville area.
The Lady Cyclones broke open a tight game midway through the third quarter, and rode the hot shooting of Lauren McCurry to an 82-61 victory over Alcoa on Tuesday night at Treadway Gymnasium.
“I think it’s a good win for us,” said Elizabethton head coach Len Dugger. “Alcoa played in a tournament at Bradley Central and beat two good teams.”
Elizabethton improved to 4-1 while Alcoa fell to 3-2.
McCurry was clearly the difference, totaling 13 points in each half. She was 11 of 14 from the field, including 3 of 4 from 3-point country.
“You could see with each shot she got more and more confident,” said Dugger. “I’m glad she showed up like she did tonight.
“She has been here every weekend shooting. She deserves a night like that. But she has to realize the more nights she has like this, opponents will try to make it more difficult for her.”
After a 6-0 burst by the Cyclones out of the gate, things stayed tight until the third quarter. A bucket by Alcoa standout Katie Stubblefield capped a 7-0 run to close the Tornadoes within three points at 44-41.
However, the Cyclones finished the third quarter with a 13-3 run — taking advantage of Stubblefield’s foul trouble. McCurry had nine of her points in that stretch.
Alcoa cut the lead to 61-51 early in the fourth quarter, but the Cyclones went on a 14-6 run to salt away the victory.
McCurry wasn’t the only star. Point guard Morgan Depew just missed a double-double with 16 points and nine assists while post Whitney Roberts got hers, totaling 13 points and 11 rebounds. Roberts also had three assists and two steals.
“Whitney positioned herself much better for rebounding,” said Dugger. “She continued to go after it.”
Reazyn DeMoss chipped in with 12 points while Savannah Madgett added nine.
“Rarely are we going to have the same person lead us in scoring night in and night out,” said Dugger. “A lot of it is dictated in how well we move the ball. We’re trying to get a better feel for playing together in a controlled environment.”
Stubblefield, who fouled out early in the fourth quarter, led the Tornadoes with 20 points. Kayla Newman added 19 points while Tiffanie Moore chipped in with 13.
Elizabethton will play host to Hampton on Friday. Hampton (5-2) owns wins over Morristown West and South Greene.