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Whitson powers Lady Indians past Lady Cyclones

By Douglas Fritz • Feb 3, 2019 at 1:57 AM

KINGSPORT — When you have a go-to weapon, it’s OK to use it often.

Dobyns-Bennett leaned on the talents of Courtney Whitson to secure a 48-35 victory over Elizabethton in a nonconference girls basketball game Saturday at the Buck Van Huss Dome.

Whitson scored 26 points. She became the school’s all-time leading scorer Thursday and hasn’t missed a beat since.

Lady Indians coach Bill Francis said Whitson fits well with her teammates.

View the photo gallery from Saturday’s varsity games

“They do a good job finding her no matter where she is,” Francis said. “We have a real unselfish team. They celebrated her successes just like she has, and it’s earnest. They are fun to coach. It has been a great week.”


The Lady Indians (22-5) were playing their third game in as many days, and Francis said it showed.

“It was about what I expected,” he said. “It’s funny, you talk about playing three games in a row at Christmastime, but you’re not in school. It’s a different ballgame.

“Thursday, Friday and Saturday at this time of year, it’s a grind. I expected us to be a little flat.”

It didn’t show at the start. D-B outscored Elizabethton 14-2 in the first quarter. For the rest of the game, however, it was 34-33.


Elizabethton deserves credit for fighting through the tough start. The Lady Cyclones closed all the way to within five points late in the third quarter but couldn’t get it to a single-possession game.

Kaylen Shell led Elizabethton (5-18) with 11 points. Torrie Roberts added seven.

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