It was a game as competitive as advertised. When the smoke cleared, the new-look Lady Cyclones had stood the through test.
In a game of runs and back-and-forth offensive play, Elizabethton used a late stretch at the end of the third quarter to push ahead and held off Hampton’s fourth quarter charge for a 59-55 non-conference win at VanHuss-White Gymnasium.
The Lady Cyclones (17-4) had four players score in the double figures, led by a 17-point night from senior Reazyn DeMoss. Whitney Roberts added 12 points to the Elizabethton cause, which received a sizable boost midway through the game from freshman twins Kelci and Kayla Marosites, who scored 16 and 12 points, respectively.
“I just think they play fearless,” Elizabethton coach Len Dugger said of the freshmen. “They feel like they belong and have done some huge things for us. I thought the big key tonight for us was we didn’t panic. Reazyn, Whitney and Savannah (Madgett) are the only three seniors we have out there right now. I feel like we’re getting better.”
Hampton (19-6) led the bulk of the game after a momentum-swinging 10-point first quarter from senior standout Dorothy Dugger. Elizabethton slowly battled back behind its zone, holding Dugger to two points over the final three quarters.
In the process, the Lady Cyclones turned an eight-point, third-quarter deficit into a lead of its own, with a Kelci Marosites and Whitney Roberts-led seven-point swing at the end of the frame.