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Top-ranked Elizabethton pulls away from Lady Eagles in second half

Cosby High junior Bethanie Williams puts up a first half shot between a pair of Elizabethton defenders in Saturday’s loss to the Class AA Lady Cyclones. Williams scored a team-high 10 points in Saturday’s 60-33 defeat.
Published: 11:02 AM, 01/07/2014

Author: Caleb Chrisman
Source: The Newport Plain Talk

COSBY—The Cosby Lady Eagles suffered a tough 60-33 defeat at home to Elizabethton on Saturday night.

After trailing by just six at halftime, the Lady Eagles fell apart in the second half while the Lady Cyclones cruised.

Elizabethton used a full court press to stifle Cosby, and they forced 30 turnovers throughout the course of the game.

"We just didn't compete," Cosby head coach RichardCoggins said. "(Elizabethton is) a real good team. We might've been afraid of them, I don't know. We just didn't compete."

The Lady Eagles (9-5) hadn't played a game in 15 days at Washburn, and it showed as Cosby shot just 26 percent for the game. Elizabethton finished shooting 40 percent.

Bethanie Williams led Cosby with 10 points. Lexiey Williams added nine and Madison Norris also finished with eight points.

Despite a poor shooting performance, the Lady Eagles played excellent defense in the first half.
Elizabethton (13-3) led just 17-7 after a quarter. Cosby then allowed just four points in the second quarter, but still trailed 21-15 at the half.

"We played awful (offensively) then, but we were playing good defense," Coggins said. "I just don't understand them. They play when they want to and when they don't want to, they don't. That's all I know.

"I think the layoff hurt us. Lexiey was sick, but I thought Lexiey gave me an effort. I thought she played hard. The rest of the girls are just going to have to change the way they play is all I know."

The third quarter was when the Lady Cyclones pulled away for good. Elizabethton led 42-21 as they continued to turn up the heat with their full court pressure.

After committing 13 turnovers in the first half, the Lady Eagles added 17 more in the second half.

"They weren't forced turnovers. We were just throwing it to them," Coggins said. "This schedule we have this year, we knew it was going to be like this, but we can compete if we would. (Elizabethton) is no better than Gatlinburg (Pittman). We played our guts out against them and then tonight decide we don't want to play. And it's the same people every night. I don't know.

"It's just, you try to replace them and then your bench players come in and they don't give you (an effort) either," Coggins said.

Things continued to get away from the Lady Eagles in the fourth quarter. Cosby is back in action on Thursday as they host Oneida. Tipoff is slated for 6:30 p.m. at the Eagles Nest.

"They have to play every night and not every other night, and this team doesn't do that. They play every other night," Coggins said. "Maybe the layoff hurt us. I thought we ended our games before Christmas great and played really well the last three games before the break. And then we have the two weeks off and come back tonight with this kind of effort.

"I mean we didn't have any effort. I don't know. I hate to be down on them, but we have to get back in the groove. We can't have any more 15 days off. That can never happen again.

"This layoff set us back so far it's going to take awhile to get out of it, but we'll see what happens," Coggins said.

ELIZABETHTON (60): Kayla Marosites 17, Kela Marosites 11, Megan Pictrowski 7, Sarah Robinson 6, Emily Kiser 6, Emily Schubert 5, Sarah Bradley 4, Melinda Perry 4

COSBY (33): Bethanie Williams 10, Lexiey Williams 9, Madison Norris 8, Sydni Johnson 2, Dessie Shaffer 2, Brooke Schreder 1, Sarah Conard 1.

3-Point FG: E (6) Ka. Marosites 3, Ke. Marosites 3. 

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