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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.”

TIRED LEGS

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.

LADY CYCLONES BATTLE

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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