|Published: 12:17 PM, 02/09/2014
||Last updated: 12:17 PM, 02/09/2014
Author: Seth Butler
Source: The Newport Plain Talk
ELIZABETHTON—The Cosby Eagles received a huge night from junior Kyal Clevenger in falling narrowly at Elizabethton on Saturday evening.
Clevenger scored 35 points and was the lone member of the team to reach double figures in scoring in a 71-63 loss to the Cyclones. The Cosby junior scored his 35 points on 15/23 shooting, good for 65.2%, and brought down 10 rebounds to record a double-double.
Saturday's loss was much closer than the previous meeting, which Elizabethton won 74-58 in Cosby on January 4. The loss was just the Eagles' third in their last 12 games, with two of those losses being at the hands of the Cyclones. The only other loss was last Saturday to Oneida.
After being tied at 19 all after a quarter, Elizabethton took a six-point edge into the locker room at halftime at 36-30. The Cyclones (20-7) led just 53-48 going into the fourth quarter and they pulled away down the stretch to take the eight-point decision in the next-to-last regular season game for the Eagles (15-10).
In addition to Clevenger's 35-point night, Bryson Valentine added eight, with Austin Ford and Keenan Phillips scored six. Jordan Self added five points.
Lady Eagles fall to No. 3 Elizabethton
The state's third-ranked Lady Cyclones flexed their muscle on Saturday night.
Elizabethton used an early first quarter run to take an eight-point lead and pulled away the rest of the night for a 60-40 win over the Lady Eagles to sweep the season series.
The Lady Cyclones (23-3) took a 60-33 win over Cosby (18-9) on January 4.
Elizabethton led the game 14-6 after a quarter and held a 32-19 edge at halftime. Cosby shot just 26 percent from the field in the game's opening half.
The Lady Cyclones held Cosby to just six third quarter points to open up a 47-25 lead entering the final period of play.
Lexiey Williams and Brooke Schreder led Cosby with nine points each. Bethanie Williams added eight for the Lady Eagles.
Cosby will close their regular season on Tuesday night with a District 2-A matchup at Berean Christian, originally scheduled for mid-January.
The District 2-A tournament begins on Thursday, February 13 at Grainger High School with opening round play. Both the Eagles and Lady Eagles, by virtue of their regular season championship, will receive a bye into Friday's semifinal round.
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