'Betsy turns back 'Horns

By Ivan Sanders

  The Elizabethton Cyclone boys and girls junior varsity teams both came home victorious with conference wins over Johnson County on Friday night.
   In girls action, the Lady Cyclone junior varsity team turned a slim lead at the break into a 40-23 victory on the Lady Longhorns home court.
   A slow first half resulted in the Lady Cyclones entering the locker room with a marginal three-point lead 13-10, thanks to nine points from Jordan Crowe. Shana Phipps scored five, all from the charity stripe, for the Lady Longhorns.
   The Cyclone defense came out hot in the second half, while the offense finally awoke for Coach Harry Farthing.
   The Lady Cyclones outscored the Lady 'Horns 27-13 in the half behind the fine play of Sarah Smith, who registered seven points mostly on steals and easy lay-ups.
   Crowe paced the Cyclones with 15 points on the evening followed by Smith's seven, and six from Valneesha Redd.
   Phipps showed the way for the Lady 'Horns with 11 points, with teammates Nikki Davidson contributing five and Kassandra Pennington four.
   In junior varsity boys action, the EHS boys team managed to take an ugly 53-46 victory in a game filled with sloppy play and poor officiating.
   The Cyclones would come out strong, as they took an 11-point halftime lead 35-24 behind eight points each from Phillip Garland and Brad Holtsclaw.
   Adam Turley tallied seven for the Cyclones, along with Michael Porter's six points and four steals.
   The second half saw several no-calls by the officials and poor shooting from both squads. The 'Horns outscored the visiting Cyclones 22-18 in the half.
   Derek Wilson paced the Cyclones offensively with 12 followed by nine from Turley, eight points each from Garland and Holtsclaw.
   Johnson County's Zac Trivette took the game high-point man award with 14, and Frank Icenhour was close behind with 13. Matt Peters finished the night with nine.
   Sullivan Central 67
   Hampton 63
   Josh Moss and Andy Miller made a dynamic duo for the boys in blue, combining for 41 points in a tight-fisted Hampton loss.
   While Moss pumped in 23 points, Miller added 18. Greg Osborne chipped in a solid effort of 11 points for the Bulldogs, who led 15-11 after the first quarter but went to the break trailing 28-26.
   Sullivan Central (girls) 47
   Hampton 45
   The Lady Bulldogs fought back from a 14-6 deficit at the end of the first quarter, but could never quite conquer the Cougar girls.
   Heather Chambers, with 13 points, and Jessica Tolley, 10, showed the way for the Hampton team.