When a team is firing on all cylinders like a finely-tuned race car, sometimes it’s best to simply get out of its way — or risk being road kill.
John S. Battle (Bristol Va.) did the latter on Wednesday night as Elizabethton rolled to an early lead and crushed the Lady Trojans 82-38 in the opening round of the Chick-fil-A Lady Cyclone Classic at Treadway Gym.
All 12 members of the Lady Cyclone squad (7-3) scored at least two points in a contest that saw EHS storm out to a 27-14 lead after just one period, and extend that advantage to 42-22 at the half.
The Cyclones’ inside game and defense carried EHS in the first half, forcing 15 first-half turnovers from the Trojans and outrebounded the visitors 25-11 for the game.
“I’m proud of the effort tonight and the intensity we showed on defense,” said Lady Cyclones head coach Mike Wilson. “The other thing I’m really proud of is how they share the ball. They are very unselfish and they share the ball real well.”
Junior post Whitney Roberts had a stellar night with a game-high 16 points and six boards, three each at the offensive and defensive end of the floor.
The second half saw no let up from the Cyclones on either end of the floor as EHS continued to pile on the points while getting contributions from everyone from the bench.
Junior post Savannah Madgett and freshman guard Alexis Bowers each had 10-point nights for the Cyclones, and senior guard Casey Jones saw extended action in coming back from a torn knee ligament suffered last season.
Jones scored five — hitting one from range — and Lauren McCurry scored nine from her wing position.
For the Trojans, Brooke Rutherford scored a team-high 15 points and Chloe Harris added 10.
“The things we stress are taking care of the ball number one, offensive rebounding and defensive intensity,” Wilson said. “Tonight there was no let up on either end.”