KINGSPORT — The Elizabethton basketball teams followed different routes inside Richard Carroll Gymnasium Tuesday evening, but their paths still converged into a Three Rivers Conference sweep.
The Lady Cyclones (6-1) exploded for a 91-27 win against the young and overmatched Lady Raiders (1-3). The Elizabethton boys had just enough to hold off North 52-43 in the nightcap.
A 10-point deficit proved too much to overcome for the Golden Raiders (2-2), who trailed 17-7 at the end of the first quarter. North outpointed the Cyclones 36-35 over the last three periods but could not climb out of the hole.
“Our focus leading up to this game was defense and we wanted to stop Zeke Clark and Tyler Nichols,” said Raiders coach Jay Gregory. “I felt like we did a fairly good job on those guys but they hurt us in other ways,”
Nichols led Elizabethton (5-2) with 20 points and Clark added 13.
Trevor Williams scored 14 points to lead North.
In the girls’ game, Elizabethton opened with a 39-point first quarter in a runaway.
Shania Leonard knocked down four 3-pointers and led the Lady Raiders with 13 points.
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