Lady Cyclones bomb Pioneers

By Travis Brown

STAR Staff

   JONESBOROUGH -- Often times a team on the verge of great success can rally upon a sound victory. The Elizabethton Lady Cyclones got such a win on the road against the David Crockett Lady Pioneers by a lopsided 64-10 margin.
   Clicking on all cylinders, the Lady 'Clones played to near perfection as the injury-riddled Pioneers simply could not withstand the onslaught.
   Opening up with 28 unanswered points in the first quarter, the Lady Cyclones took a commanding early lead and never looked back. Consolidating good defensive play along with good ball movement, the Lady Cyclones scored key baskets transition, and did not allow the Pioneer defenders to set up.
   By halftime the issue was no longer in doubt, as the 'Clones were in the driver seat 40-4. Cyclone skipper Mike Wilson was pleased with the team play.
   "They lost one of their big players, so we made some adjustments into a matchup zone," Wilson said. "We needed to play well tonight, and we played better than we have all season."
   The second half saw both teams substitute in younger talent for an opportunity to get minutes. Crockett simply could not buy a bucket as strong shooters Brooke Penley and Jessica Chandley went cold from the perimeter.
   Meanwhile 11 of the 14 Cyclone players graced the scoresheet. Spreading the wealth around and playing good defense continued to increase the lead despite the attempt to call off the dogs.
   "Our kids feel like they are ready to play," Wilson said. "We only have three losses and they were all against good teams."
   The fourth quarter promised more of the same, as the Crockett offense could not muster up a viable threat, as J.V. standouts Valnessha Redd and Takisha Avery combined for 12 points. The starting five attributed for 43 points, with the remainder coming off the bench. Moving into the Christmas season, the Lady Cyclones have much to look forward to. With a convincing win under their belt, confidence could only flourish as the holiday tournaments begin.