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Elizabethton teams exit Bayless Gym with league wins

Pat Kenney • Jan 28, 2020 at 10:28 PM

ELIZABETHTON—Elizabethton blew into Happy Valley on Tuesday night and came away with a Three Rivers Conference basketball sweep in Bayless Gymnasium.

The Cyclones put five players in double figures in an impressive 59-45 win over the Warriors. In the opener, Kaitlin Bailey had a game-high 22 points as the Lady Cyclones edged the Lady Warriors 35-27.

In the boys game, Elizabethton (8-13, 6-2) led 22-21 at the half but used a 12-0 run in the third quarter to get separation and keep Happy Valley (5-15, 2-7) at bay.

“I thought we got a gritty win tonight,” said Cyclones coach Lucas Honeycutt. “A lot of things didn’t go our way, but the guys did a good job of keeping their poise.

“At halftime we talked about watching our matchups on defense. I think that proved to be the difference.”

Parker Hughes, who got out of a sick bed to play, Donta Earnest and Jake Roberts each scored 12 points for the Cyclones. William Willocks added 11 points and Nico Ashley 10.

The Warriors’ Blake Young led all scorers with 20 points. Dylan Willis chipped in 11 for Happy Valley.

“The difference in the game was those five minutes in the third quarter,” said Happy Valley coach Jeremy Maddox. “They went zone. We got good looks, just didn’t make the shots.”

Girls

Elizabethton 35, Happy Valley 27

Holding a slim 17-16 lead going into the third quarter, the Lady Cyclones (13-9, 5-3) went on a 10-0 run to close out the period and took a 30-20 advantage into the final stanza. That proved to be more than enough to hold off the pesky Lady Warriors (13-10, 2-7).

Bailey was a force to be reckoned with, scoring 12 of Elizabethton’s points in the first half.

“I’ve been working on attacking the basket more,” said Bailey, a senior. “We’re doing a better job of getting the ball inside and I was able to take advantage of that tonight.”

“We didn’t box out well or rebound well,” said Lady Cyclones coach Lucas Andrews. “But I did think our length bothered their shooters tonight. That was big.

“Right now, as we approach postseason, we’re trying to fine tune things. Happy Valley is a good team so tonight was a good win for us.”

Shalyn Whitson led the Lady Warriors with 15 points.

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