EHS, HV girls impressive in jamboree

By Tim Chambers
star staff

  Happy Valley came out on the warpath while the Elizabethton Lady Cyclones caught the Dobyns-Bennett Indians in a foul mood. Cashing in on 16 of 18 attempts from the free throw line, 'Betsy knocked off the Tribe 37-23 in jamboree basketball action Tuesday night at Sullivan North High School.
  Happy Valley grabbed an early lead and held off Sullivan East 25-21 in a tight-fisted affair. Hampton fell behind early, falling to Sullivan South 25-21.
  Johnson County pulled the ultimate surprise, upending Daniel Boone 22-17. Teams played one 16-minute half previewing what should be an excited race in the Watauga Conference.
  Elizabethton used four free throws and a bucket by Victoria Hopson to take an early 6-2 advantage. A long trey from Valnessha Redd increased the lead at 9-5.
  The Cyclones inside game proved to be stronger than Popeye after gulping down two cans of spinach. Michaela Pietrowski dominated the paint with 12 points, six coming from the foul line. Eden Treadway contributed four points, as did Victoria Hopson.
  Marti Bush gave an outstanding performance off the bench with a nice baseline move. Courtney Towle and Kyla Jones added baskets for the Cyclones.
  The Cyclones held a 26-11 advantage when Baughman and Redd went to the bench. From there the 'Clones coasted the final six minutes. Baughman chipped in with eight.
  Happy Valley 25
  Sullivan East 21
  While Sullivan East has earned the reputation of being among the elite in girls basketball, Happy Valley showed why many coaches consider it the darkhorse in the Watauga Conference. Using a well-balanced scoring attack the Warriors will be no pushover in for opposing opponents.
  The Warriors used buckets from Amber Duncan, Randi Williams, Sam Canter and Chelsey Whitlock to open up a five-point advantage at 16-11. Emily Good added a strong baseline move to keep the lead at four.
  East stayed close behind 11 points from Kristen Ervin, but a putback by Williams sealed the deal for the Valley.
  Sullivan South 25
  Hampton 21
  Hampton fell behind 8-0 before head coach Leslie Campbell sent a wake up call to every player on the floor, inserting five substitutes. Hampton caught fire when the starting unit re-entered the game.
  Lauren Pitman's three-point play cut the Rebel advantage at 16-14 after Heather Chambers had sparked the run with steal and lay-in. Chambers dazzled the crowd with some nice moves to the bucket.
  Lacey Oliver made two outstanding defensive plays that gave Hampton a chance to tie late in the game, but a hoop from Emily Byrd sealed the deal for the Rebels.
  Johnson County 22
  Daniel Boone 17
  While Daniel Boone was known as a big man in frontier days, it was the Lady Longhorns looking more like Sheriff Buford Pusser in this jamboree matchup. Walking tall to a 22-17 tune, the Lady Steers beat and banged their way to victory.
  Ashley Howard gave Johnson County a 2-0 advantage while April McCloud chipped in with a nice move to the bucket. Stacey Morefied kept the Longhorns in front with a hoop while Brittany Cole was outstanding in the 16-minute frame.
  Cole's four points down the stretch showed Watauga Conference coaches that the Longhorns could be a factor in the league race.
  Note: The high school basketball preview will be featured in the Friday, Nov. 19 edition of the Elizabethton Star.