Within three minutes it was a runaway. By the end of the half, the game was all but over.
Forcing 34 turnovers and building off a 46-point lead at the mid point, the second-ranked Elizabethton girls cruised in a 88-18 win over a young Sullivan North squad Friday at Treadway Gymnasium.
“It was a game that you want to try and do some good things, but your heart goes out to them also,” said Elizabethton coach Len Dugger, whose team improves to 16-3 on the year with an unblemished 7-0 conference mark. “We worked so hard on trying to get our kids focused on playing hard. We have a lot of respect for North — their skill level, I’m sure, is not what they hoped it would be.
“But we got to play everybody and got them quite a few minutes, so that was a positive. I know that’s not fun for them and their kids. On the other hand, it’s hard to tell your kids to not go after it.”