MURFREESBORO — The veteran-like play of a freshman has Elizabethton one game away from a shot at the gold ball.
The Lady Cyclones used a strong second-half performance from Kayla Marosites to build a double-digit lead and held on from the charity stripe to knock off Westview 61-48 in Thursday’s first round of the TSSAA Class AA girls state tournament at the Murphy Center.
The Lady Cyclones (29-4) will play the winner of Livingston Academy and Christ Presbyterian Academy Friday at 4 p.m. (Central) with a berth in Saturday’s state title game at stake.
Marosites scored a game-high 30 points on 11-of-19 shooting, including four three-point makes, with nine rebounds and a pair of steals to lead Elizabethton. Senior Whitney Roberts added 13 points and nine boards, while freshman Melenda Perry offered 9 points on three treys from the bench.
The Lady Cyclones trailed by one at the end of the first quarter, but pushed ahead to a one-point lead of their own at the midway point.
Marosites scored all 10 of Elizabethton’s points in the third quarter while the Lady Cyclones, as a whole, delivered a stingy defensive effort to hold the Lady Chargers to five third-quarter points for a six-point lead going into the fourth.
Marosites continued her stretch of buckets with a trey and jumper to ignite the fourth and make it a double-digit game for the Orange & Black. The Lady Cyclones held serve from the charity stripe down the stretch, outscoring the Lady Chargers 24-17 in the final frame.
For Westview, Teddy Reddick led the way with 24 points.
A full recap and photos from Thursday’s game will be in Friday’s Star.