Lady Cyclones drop Volunteer

By Ivan Sanders
STAR CORRESPONDENT

   Imagine taking a bite of chili filled with jalepeno peppers and then taking a drink of water. It starts out hot, cools a bit, then the heat returns after a brief respite.
   The same comparison could be made between the Elizabethton Lady Cyclones' game against the Volunteer Lady Falcons in which 'Betsy closed out the conference with 48-35 win at Treadway Gym.
   The Lady Cyclones took it to the visiting Lady Falcons early in the contest by taking a 16-9 lead on the hot inside play of senior post Beth Holtsclaw, who scored 10 points in the first quarter.
   The Cyclones then seemed to lose a little focus in the second period, allowing the Lady Falcons to play even basketball during the quarter as each team recorded 11 points.
   "Beth was able to hit some big shots early for us," stated Lady Cyclone coach Mike Wilson. "I thought that Tanya Dykes really hit some big buckets late to help push us on."
   On a night when the senior members were recognized, the senior girls stepped up big for the Lady Cyclones.
   It wasn't only the play of Holtsclaw that was outstanding. Brandy Fairman had a great night from the point as she made several assist down low to Holtsclaw and Dykes.
   Stephanie Schumaier also closed out her career on the home hardwood by playing some quality minutes off the bench.
   "It has been great being a part of this team," said Schumaier. "I'm really proud of the all my teammates and I know we're pumped for the tournament."
   The Lady Cyclones again struggled offensively after intermission as they could manage only nine in the third quarter. Luckily for the Cyclones, the Lady Falcons didn't fare any better, tallying nine as well for the period.
   The fourth period had resemblance to the first as EHS went on another run to put the Lady Falcons away for good. The Lady Cyclones outscored Volunteer 12-6 in the final quarter to take the 13-point victory.
   Holtsclaw finished out her stellar career in the Treadway Gym by pumping in 20 points for game-high scoring honors. Lacy Lane provided excellent support blistering the nets for 14 points.
   Eight of the nine Lady Falcons scored, but none reached double digits for the contest. Meghan Arnold led the visitors with nine points on the evening.
   Said Wilson: "We have lost two straight games to tough opponents and we sure didn't want to lose three. Our kids played hard enough to win those games, but we just didn't score enough points."
   The Cyclones were assured no less than fourth place in the conference with the win, but were watching another game very closely.
   "We're pulling for Hampton to beat Unicoi tonight," said Wilson. "We would end up tied for third on the season with Unicoi in that situation, and that was our goal to finish third."
   Hampton did defeat the Lady Blue Devils to bring the Lady Cyclones in a tie for third in the season conference race.
   Lady Cyclone notes: Not only was it a special night for the Lady Cyclone seniors, but there were another group of Lady Cyclones given recognition during intermission. The T.A. Dugger seventh grade girls team was recognized for winning their district regular season and district tournament with a 15-0 conference mark and 17-1 overall record, with the one loss being to Cloudland's eighth grade team in a Christmas Tournament.