T.A. Dugger girls  rout Rogersville  in Area 1 tourney

By Marvin Birchfield

   KINGSPORT--The T.A. Dugger Lady Junior Cyclones advanced to the semifinal round to face Blountville after defeating Rogersville in a 46-15 rout in the TMSAA Area 1 Tournament at John Sevier Middle School.
   It was an onslaught of defensive pressure from the Cyclones that caused Rogersville to fold in its attempt to push the ball down the floor.
   T.A. Dugger opened with a 14-2 lead after the first period, when Michaela Pietrowski grabbed the offensive rebound for a score.
   Brittany Smith knocked down a three-point goal for the Cyclones, while Marti Bush had two field goals on the inside.
   Rogersville was only able to capture one basket during the first quarter, which came from Shanta Hodge.
   The Lady Warriors struck first to open the second period, when Ashlee Price hit a shot inside the paint.
   But T.A. Dugger continued to control the pace through the second quarter as Holly Livingston grabbed a rebound and drew a foul.
   A drive down the lane from Courtney Towle and a free-throw by Smith gave the Lady Cyclones a 20-6 lead at halftime.
   The second half started with a 12-foot jumper coming from Towle after a Rogersville turnover.
   A couple of baskets were scored by Victoria Hopson when she nailed a jumper inside the three-point line and executed the fast-break off a pass from Tia Nave.
   The transition was at a peak for the Cyclones midway through the third, with Towle scoring off a pass from Hopson.
   A 15-foot shot from the corner by Smith gave T.A. Dugger a 32-10 lead heading into the final period of play.
   The role of being the dominating force on the inside was taken on by Pietrowski, as she exploded to score eight points in the fourth quarter.
   Pietrowski had five blocks and 13 rebounds on the evening with nine boards coming on the offensive end and four on defense.
   The Cyclones scored the last 12 points of the contest as Bri Gouge converted a lay-up off a long in-bounds pass.
   Two free throws from Casey Crockett were the result of one of her six steals for the game, giving the Cyclones a 40-15 advantage with 2:35 left in the contest.
   The last score of the game came when Hannah Fritz picked up a loose ball to knock down an eight-foot jumper.
   Pietrowski led the Cyclones in scoring with 10 points. Towle added nine, and Smith and Hopson both poured in seven.
   Bush grabbed seven boards for T.A. Dugger and Livingston pulled down five.
   Three Lady Cyclone players accumulated six steals apiece, which came from Hopson, Crockett and Towle.
   Asia Avery led Rogersville with five points and Ashlee Price added four.
   T.A. Dugger and Blountville square off at 4:30 p.m. today at John Sevier. The winner advances to Friday's championship, while the loser will be sent to the consolation contest.