Lady Cyclones thump D-B; Cyclones fall on short end against Tribe

By Tim Chambers
STAR Correspondent

   KINGSPORT -- The Lady Indians found themselves in a craps game Saturday night against the Cyclones, and in the end they lost.
   Gambling to stop the inside game of Rikki Baughman and Valnessha Redd, Casey Crapps made them pay with three big buckets, leading 'Betsy to a 46-26 win over the Lady Indians.
   "I knew they were box-in-one on Rikki (Baughman), so I was looking to hit the outside shot," said Crapps. "I thought our entire team stepped up and played well."
   Dobyns-Bennett took a 2-0 lead but a long trey by Whitney Bishop gave the Cyclones a 3-2 lead. D-B led 6-3 on buckets from Jarvis and Autumn Gillis, but the lead would disappear after a bucket from Tanya Dykes and two free throws from Rikki Baughman pushed 'Betsy in front 7-6.
   Baughman's steal and layup followed by a 17-foot jumper from Crapps gave Elizabethton a 12-6 a
dvantage at the 1:10 mark. A nice offensive rebound and putback by Michaela Pietrowski in the closing second extended the orange crush lead to 14-6 after one.
   The Cyclones pushed the margin to 22-9 in the second quarter behind the stellar play of Redd and Baughman. Eden Treadway was inserted into the game for the 'Clones and immediately responded with a long trey from the corner giving Betsy a 24-9 cushion.
   Crapps followed suit with a three-point bomb extending the Betsy lead at 27-9. The Clones held a 29-15 halftime lead.
   After a scoreless three minutes to start the third, Elizabethton warmed up with Baughman sticking in a putback followed by a deuce from Redd along with her three-point bomb from the corner. Another 18-footer from Crapps gave 'Betsy a 38-19 cushion.
   Meanwhile the Cyclone defense was swarming holding the Indians without a field goal for over six minutes in the period. Baughman's leaner at the close of the quarter gave 'Betsy a 40-23 lead.
   'Betsy continued to apply the defensive pressure in the fourth stanza holding the Indians to three points. A Whitney Norris bucket in the final minute provided the Cyclones a 20-point win.
   Baughman with 13 paced the Cyclones while Redd added 12 and Crapps tossed in seven. Jarvis led the Indians with 12.
   "We played hard tonight," said Cyclone coach Mike Wilson. "We were able to play everyone, and took control of the game early. Casey (Crapps) had a good game and she has played very well lately."
   With the win, the Cyclones gained revenge on an early season loss to the Indians at Treadway Gymnasium. In that game they were without the services of Baughman and Redd.
   Indians 56
   Cyclones 32
   The Cyclones played inspired on the defensive end but the offense sputtered the entire evening. The Indians led 4-0 before Adam Turley nailed a trey from the top of the key to cut the margin to 4-3.
   D-B extended the lead to 12-5 behind the offensive play of David Begley and Thomas Harrison, but a runner by Lester Bailey in the closing seconds narrowed the gap to seven ending the first period.
   Kingsport added a deuce to start the second but the orange and black fought back behind a long three-ball from Derrick Nave and a foul-line jumper from Bailey to cut the margin at 14-10.
   Turley kept the Cyclones within four on a nifty move down the middle. The Indians added to the lead on a bucket from Phillip Tritapoe but Brandon Blevins responded with a beautiful drive down the lane cutting the margin at 18-14 with 2:50 remaining in the half.
   The Cyclones would go the next eight possessions without a field goal while D-B reeled off four straight to lead 22-14 at the half.
   "We had several chances to take the lead but couldn't knocked down the shots," said Cyclone head coach Tony Hardin.
   The Indians came out in the third period pounding the ball inside to Harrison, and the 6-5 center responded with six points in opening two minutes. 'Betsy tried to stay close cutting the lead to 10 on a trey from Brandon Blevins, but the shooting woes continued, allowing Kingsport to go on a 7-0 run to extend the lead to 17.
   Coach Hardin summons the bench and Bradley Brown and Troop Harris responded with a spinmove and a deuce from the corner to cut the lead to 13.
   Kingsport's inside game was clicking in the fourth as Jeff Morrison tallied six points inside the paint for the period. The Cyclones kept clawing behind six points from Turley and a long three from Nave but the Indians proved to be too strong down the stretch earning their 16th win on the season.
   Turley was the only Cyclone in double figures with 11. Harrison led all scorers with 18 while Ryan Blackwell added 11 to the cause.
   "The reason we play good teams like Kingsport is so we can get better," added Hardin. "Hopefully playing this type of team will help us come tournament time."