Lady Cyclones drop Cherokee

Elizabethton to face conference rival Happy Valley tonight

By Wes Holtsclaw

   ROGERSVILLE -- Everytime the Cherokee Lady Chiefs wanted to put up a fight, they were blown down and stopped defensively.
   That was part of the game plan for the Elizabethton Lady Cyclones, who only gave up 12 points in the first three quarters, setting up a 59-23 victory at Cherokee Gymnasium.
   The Lady Cyclones had three in double-digits led by Eden Treadway and her five treys.
   Valneesha Redd dominated the inner portion of the game and finished with 11 points, while Cameron Crapps pulled away with a pair of trifectas in the fourth quarter to pace her at 10 points.
   "We did what we had to do," said Elizabethton coach Mike Wilson. "Eden (Treadway) shot the ball well and Cameron (Crapps) played real well late. We enforced a lot of steals and turnovers."
   "Overall, we didn't shoot it well, but we toughed it out early."
   The Lady Chiefs were carried single-handedly by Amy Britton, who dropped 15 points for the squad. She was assisted late by a pair of buckets from Tina Dalton.
   Elizabethton opened on a 13-6 run behind three of Treadway's treys and buckets from Rikki Baughman and Tanya Dykes.
   Amber Anderson and Sara Begley had two points apiece for the Lady Chiefs, but they couldn't hang with the Lady Cyclones on the boards.
   Whitney Bishop, Redd and Michaela Pietrowski got in on the action in the second quarter, where the Lady Cyclones blew Cherokee away with a 19-3 period to take a 32-9 lead going into the second half.
   Redd and Crapps played tough defense in the third and fourth quarters, where Whitney Norris, Victoria Hopson and Marti Bush saw action.
   Cherokee scored 11 of their 23 points in the final stanza, with half coming from Amy Britton at the free throw line.
   The Lady Cyclones were getting prepared for tonight's big conference battle on the road against the Happy Valley Lady Warriors, where both teams will try to knock the other off the top of the standings.
   "We played good, but (Coach Wilson) wanted to rest some people to get ready for tomorrow," said Eden Treadway. "We did a lot of subbing, but everyone did their job."
   Junior Varsity
   Elizabethton 51
   Cherokee 18
   The Lady Cyclones junior varsity squad exploded on a 16-2 first-quarter run and breezed through a victory over the Lady Chiefs in Monday's earlier game.
   Elizabethton was outscored in the second quarter 9-5, but rebounded to outscore Cherokee 30-7 in the final two periods of the game.
   Victoria Hopson dropped six buckets inside to lead the game with 13 points; Brianne Gouge also added 11 for Elizabethton.
   Cameron Crapps and Eden Treadway tipped in eight points, while Brittney Smith (seven points) and Marti Bush (four points) also contributed to the Lady Cyclones' effort.
   Brooke Bailey's five points and Rebecca Seals' three were among the tops for Cherokee.