Three overtimes decide JV game

By Ivan Sanders

   The crowd definitely got their money's worth for both junior varsity games played at Unicoi County High School Tuesday evening.
   In girls' action, the Lady Cyclones went three overtimes before defeating the home-standing Lady Blue Devils 50-47.
   Valerie Kauffeld saved the day for the Cyclones at the end of the first regulation, hitting a bucket with six seconds left in the game and the Lady Cyclones trailing 40-38.
   In the second OT, neither team could get the upper hand, managing just one point each during the session.
   The Cyclones found themselves playing most of the second and third OT sessions without Valneesha Redd, Jordan Crowe and Brandi Forbes, who were sitting beside Coach Harry Farthing with five fouls each.
   The trio had combined for 36 of the team's points before their disqualification.
   It was time for some new heroes to step forth for the Lady Cyclones during this trying time.
   Enter Ashley Trivette, Nikki Crowe and Kauffeld. Trivette buried a long-range jumper as time expired to force the third session all tied at 45.
   Crowe performed her magic in the clinching OT as she fed a perfect pass to Kauffeld off a steal to give the Lady Cyclones a slight edge, 48-47.
   Crowe then calmly sealed the win from the charity stripe with two clutch free throws to give the Cyclones their margin of victory.
   Redd led the Cyclones with 22 points, followed by 10 from Forbes. Byrd paced the Lady Blue Devils with 15, followed by Lingerfelt's 11.
   Elizabethton 53
   Unicoi County 52 (OT)
   In boys' action, the Cyclones had a chance to pull victory from the clutches of defeat, but it was not meant to be as Adam Turley's three-point attempt rimmed off as the OT buzzer sounded, giving the Blue Devils a slim 53-52 win.
   The scored was all knotted at 46 at the end of regulation. It was a tug-of-war in the OT session as neither team could get a firm grip on the contest.
   Turley led the Cyclones with nine points on the evening. Michael Porter chipped in with eight, while Brad Holtsclaw and Jordan Bray contributed six each.
   Matt White was the leading scorer with 13 for Unicoi County, including the game-winning free throws with :03.6 left in OT. John Grindstaff pitched in with 10 for the Blue Devils.
   Happy Valley 54
   Johnson County 49
   Happy Valley came from behind to defeat the Longhorns 54-49 as Jordy Harrison scored 16 points and Andrew Bowman tossed in 14.
   Johnson County was paced by Zac Trivette with 13 points and Jon Arnold with 12.