Left shorthanded, TAD girls drop game to Science Hill

from staff reports

   JOHNSON CITY--The T.A. Dugger girls basketball team had plenty of reason to go down easy on Tuesday evening. Instead, the Lady Junior Cyclones fought to the end.
   With four of their key players out with the flu, the Lady Cyclones actually held a fourth-quarter lead before Science Hill stepped to the fore at crunch time and pulled out a 36-30 conference victory in junior high play.
   "Not to make excuses, but we had several players out due to illness," said TAD assistant coach Kip Anderson. "This was a learning experience -- definitely an eye-opener. We need to build on our mistakes. We had a few seventh-graders step up and play eighth-grade ball, and they did a great job."
   With seventh-graders Kyla Jones, Hannah Fritz and Leslie Guinn being thrown into the heat of varsity play, and responding quite well, the Lady 'Clones nearly had enough to get the job done.
   They helped to provide a solid supporting cast for Marti Bush, who yanked down 12 rebounds, scored a team-high eight points (6-8 FTs) and blocked two shots.
   "If we had to pick a player of the game, it would hands down be Marti Bush," Anderson said. "She gave 110 percent and left everything she had out on the floor."
   Victoria Hopson added nine boards and five points for TAD, which got five points from Tia Nave.
   Down 19-11 at the break, TAD outscored the Junior Hilltoppers in the third period to pull within a point at 22-21. 'Betsy kept on charging, and grabbed the lead at about the three-minute mark of the final period. A late Science Hill surge, though, handed the Lady Junior Cyclones (10-1) their first loss on the season.
   7th-grade game
   T.A. Dugger 53
   Indian Trail 23
   The Lady 'Clones steamrolled their way to 11-0 on the season as Fritz amassed 14 points, 10 rebounds and a pair of steals.
   Up 18-11 at intermission, T.A. Dugger outscored Indian Trail 21-7 in the third stanza to seal the final verdict.
   Guinn contributed nine points to the Lady Cyclone fold, followed by Janey Robinson, Jasmine Treadway and Kelly Culler with six points apiece. Ashlyn Hunt chipped in eight rebounds and three steals, while Jones came up with four steals.