Lady Junior Cyclones fend off R. Robinson

from staff reports

   Ross Robinson made it interesting down the stretch, but couldn't keep the T.A. Dugger Lady Junior Cyclones from once again having their way.
   Holding off a Robinson fourth-quarter rally, T.A. Dugger captured a 41-39 conference victory on Tuesday evening in a makeup game.
   Brittany Smith (7-7 FTs) and Tia Nave led the way in the scoring department, netting 13 points apiece for the Lady Cyclones, while Marti Bush put together an all-around effort of nine rebounds, seven points and three steals.
   Michaela Pietrowski added nine boards, four steals and three blocked shots to the TAD cause.
   Up 24-18 at the break, the Lady Cyclones built a 15-point cushion late in the third stanza.
   The Lady Redskins made their move in the fourth, creating a nip-and-tuck finish, but TAD had the means to withstand the challenge as Bush nailed a free throw with 10 seconds to play, giving the 'Betsy bunch a four-point edge.
   7th-Grade Game
   T.A. Dugger 40
   Ross Robinson 15
   The tone was set early by the Lady Cyclones, who outscored Robinson 13-0 in the first quarter, then cruised to a convincing victory.
   Kyla Jones led the TAD scoring assault with eight points, followed by Kelly Culler and Leslie Guinn with seven each. Culler complemented her performance with five steals and three rebounds, as did Jones with four steals.
   Jasmine Treadway played a well-rounded game for the winners, collecting eight boards, six points and a pair of steals. Janey Robinson was a solid contributor, accounting for six rebounds, five points and a total of four steals.
   TAD journeys to Unicoi County for another makeup game this afternoon.