Lady Cyclone senior tallies 1,000th point

By Ivan Sanders

   Very seldom do you see one individual top 1,000 points in a high school career in Carter County without some years passing between this accomplishment.
   Lightning has struck twice this year in our county, with another young lady joining Taukia Hughes of Cloudland, who surpassed the 1,000th point plateau against Knox Webb.
   Senior post player Beth Holtsclaw entered the championship game of the District I-AA tourney at Sullivan North High School against the Hampton Lady Bulldogs needing only three points to place her name in the record books at Elizabethton High School.
   Holtsclaw scored six points in the first quarter to topple the 1,000-point mark, and finished the night with 1,011 points for her career.
   "I really didn't think I was close to 1,000," said Holtsclaw. "I am really happy that I achieved this here during this tournament."
   The mark was broken in Holtsclaw's 105th game as a high school player. That averages out to roughly 10 points per contest for her career.
   When asked who has been her number one fan through her career, she replied it was her father, Gene Holtsclaw. "He has always been real supportive of me and a big encourager," said Holtsclaw.
   Said Gene: "I am really proud of Beth achieving this mark. I am really pleased with the team and the way all of them have pulled through these last two years that have been awfully tough. It has been a season to remember for Beth."
   The dedication Holtsclaw has shown to the Lady Cyclone program is evident in the fact that she and her family live in the Roan Mountain area, but has made every effort to always be at the games and practice.
   Holtsclaw has at least one more opportunity to add to her ledger as the Lady Cyclones will participate in the Region I competition next week.
   Congratulations to Beth Holtsclaw for reaching 1,000 points during her outstanding high school career.