BY SCOTT R. FISHER
No one likes getting caught up in a bad storm. But Rebel Hill saw a pair of strong Cyclones blow through Monday night.
South Greene dropped a doubleheader to the visitors from Elizabethton. The Lady Rebels held firm in the opening half before giving way to a 60-45 defeat. In the nightcap, the Cyclones took control from the opening tip and were never threatened as they rolled to an 84-55 victory.
Lady Rebels Falter In The Second Half
South Greene and Elizabethton's girls squads were evenly matched in the first half, but the Lady Cyclones overpowered the Lady Rebels in the third quarter. Elizabethton out-scored the home team 16-8 in the third quarter and rode that momentum to the end.
The Lady Rebels struggled out of the gate, but righted the ship midway through the first quarter and grabbed a 16-11 lead after the opening quarter. South Greene fell behind 11-5 before pouring the final 11 points of the first.
Freshman Amber Jones and senior Maelyn Cutshaw led the comeback by scoring five and four points, respectively, in the frame.
The Lady Rebels continued the strong play into the second quarter as well, but Elizabethton was able to stem the tide. The two squads battled the entire eight minutes without either team gaining much of an advantage.
At the halftime intermission, The Lady Cyclones held a 28-26 lead. The second promised to be a tight affair after what transpired in the first 16 minutes of play.
Elizabethton had other ideas, though. After South Greene sophomore Aston Wykle opened the half with a basket to tie things up, the Lady Cyclones took control of the game.
The next 11 points were scored by players from the visiting team, and the Lady Rebels quickly found themselves trailing 39-28.
Senior Javan Wilhoit knocked a three-pointer with 2:15 remaining in the quarter to end the run for Elizabethton. Wilhoit closed the period with another triple. She finished with a team-high 16 points.
The Lady Cyclones responded to Wilhoit's long-distance bombs by scoring five quick points to open the final quarter. The lead ballooned to 49-35 before the home team scored.
The deficit for South Greene never got within single digits the rest of the contest as the Lady Cyclones sank enough free throws to secure the big win.
A big stat in the game was the sharp-shooting of Elizabethton. The Lady Cyclones made 21 of 42 shots from the field, while South Greene on the other hand struggled to make only 15 of 48 attempts.
Wilhoit and Cutshaw were the only two South Greene players to reach double-digit scoring, finishing with 16 and 12 points, respectively. Junior Cheyenne Upton added six in the loss.
Pacing Elizabethton was Lauren McCurry with 14 points. Reson De Moss added 15 points. .
CYCLONES POWER PAST REBELS
Elizabethton capitalized on the sloppy play by South Greene in the opening quarter to race out to a 26-7 cushion after eight minutes of play. The Cyclone went on a 15-0 run after sophomore Logan Tweed had tied the score at 2-all early in the game.
Elizabethton closed the quarter by scoring the final seven points. That run matched the point total for the period for the Rebels.
South Greene put together a 7-0 early in the second to trim the lead to 29-18. Tweed, junior Daniel Lowery and sophomore Manny Alcantara all netted baskets. Alcantara's was a three-pointer.
The Rebels could not keep pace, however. South Greene trailed 43-22 at the intermission.
In the third quarter, South Greene held its own and actually won the quarter by two points, 19-17. Senior Bo Woods and sophomore Elijah Worrels led the attack by each draining a pair of three-pointers. Lowery added five points.
The fourth quarter turned into a shooting exhibition. At one point, there were seven straight three-pointers made before a two-point basket was made. Each team sank four triples in the final quarter.
Elizabethton kept its starters in for half the quarter and was able to expand the lead at will.
Worrels led South Greene with 12 points on four triples. Lowery added 11 points. Woods chipped in nine points in the loss.
The Cyclones had nine players score in the contest, Will Robinson led all scorers with 21 points.