By Tim Chambers
Fast times at Ridgemont High had nothing on the fast start that took place at Elizabethton High on Friday. The Lady Cyclones jumped on top 25-3 after one quarter of play and won convincingly 67-33 over the Lady Longhorns inside of Treadway Gymnasium.
It was a 180 from the previous three games that saw the Longhorns get on top early. They didn’t score but one field goal in the first quarter and turned the ball over seven times. By halftime they were shooting 3-of-20 from the field and their turnover total had risen to 16.
“We never came out ready to compete,” said JCHS’ head coach Thomas Wampler. “I never felt like we were in the game. I don’t know if we were intimidated but we shouldn’t have been. We rushed shots and turned the ball over. I was very disappointed in the way we performed.”
That might have been the case too for Elizabethton who ran its league mark to 6-1 and are now 9-9 overall. The Cyclones sputtered on offense after their first quarter but by halftime had played nearly everyone on the bench.
“Staying focused is a hard thing when you get a big lead,” said Lady Cyclones head coach Barry Johnson. “We challenged them in different ways. It’s homecoming and we were able to come away with a win.”
Courtney Brooks was the only Lady Longhorn in double figures with 10. Michala Cretsinger added six points, Abby Cornett had five and Britain Peele provided four.
Haley Burleson dropped in 10 points for the Lady Cyclones in addition to collecting seven steals. Brittany Campbell added eight points and six boards. Autumn Lyon also had eight points and six rebounds.