'Clones breeze past HV, 71-50

By Allen LaMountain

   Happy Valley High School just got themselves a brand-new scoreboard for Bayless Gymnasium. It didn't take long for Elizabethton's B.J. Miller to break it in.
   Miller scored 17 first-half points on his way to a 19-point effort as the Cyclones (1-1) got their first win of the new season, 71-50, on Tuesday night.
   The first four shots Miller took on the night were all treys, and he knocked each one of them down as 'Betsy cruised to a 30-8 lead after one period was in the books.
   "We came out ready to play," said Miller. "We wanted to come out tonight more mentally prepared than we did against Bristol. The past two years I have wanted to come here and win. Tonight the shots were open and we hit them."
   The Cyclones shot 48 percent from the floor on 24-of-50 shooting, and finished 15-of-17 (88 percent) from the charity stripe. Both numbers were vast improvements over the opening contest in which the Cyclones fell to Tennessee High in double overtime.
   "I'm not sure what the exact numbers were right off, but I think we hit seven of eight to open the game," said Cyclone head coach Tony Hardin. "When you shoot the ball that well it shows that you are mentally prepared. We had six guys step up and do a good job. It was a solid team effort."
   EHS went into the break up 49-19 and were never threatened.
   Happy Valley's Chris Campbell led all scorers with 21 points, but head coach Charlie Bayless was not happy with the performance, saying: "We don't have any scoring. We didn't handle the ball very well, in fact I considered passing out football helmets to the crowd, we threw the ball away so much."
   Happy Valley falls to 0-2 with the loss.
   Lady Cyclone center Beth Holtsclaw scored 21 points and hauled down nine rebounds as EHS downed the Lady Warriors 51-42 to remain unbeaten at 4-0.
   Happy Valley fell to 0-4 on the young season.
   Betsy used a 14-3 second period advantage to open a 31-16 halftime lead, and extended to a 41-23 lead after three quarters as the young aggressive Lady Cyclones pounded the boards and played solid defense.
   "We all worked so hard over the summer, and have improved so much," said Holtsclaw. "It's like we all came together as a team, and the girls all did a great job tonight. We still are a young team, with two freshmen in the rotation, but they are both good players and will do good things for the team."
   One of those freshmen, Rikki Baughman, scored nine points and hauled down nine rebounds along the way, while Valnessha Redd tallied four points on the night.
   Lacy Lane added eight points to the Lady Cyclones winning effort.
   EHS put forth a great defensive effort on the night, holding Happy Valley to 14-of-44 from the floor (31.8 percent) and Holtsclaw said, "Defensively, we have improved a lot. We are doing a better job rotating defensively and are doing a good job of not letting anyone dominate us in the middle."
   Kandra Roberts scored 16 points for Happy Valley, hitting four-of-six from three-point land, but got little offensive help from her teammates. Brandy Morgan scored eight points, while pulling down six boards.