Cleveland splits with Elzy
by Donell Maxie
Jan 30, 2013 | 1600 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cleveland High senior Brittany Thigpen drives to the basket during hoops action against Amanda Elzy Tuesday. The Lady Wildcats started slow, but won big 63-35 as Thigpen finished with five points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals.
Cleveland High senior Brittany Thigpen drives to the basket during hoops action against Amanda Elzy Tuesday. The Lady Wildcats started slow, but won big 63-35 as Thigpen finished with five points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals.
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Cleveland High School split a pair of basketball games with Amanda Elzy in Region 3-4A action here Tuesday night at the Margaret Wade Gymnasium.

The Lady Wildcats defeated the Lady Panthers 63-35, but the Wildcats fell to the Panthers in boys action 60-42.

The Lady Wildcats improved to 14-11 overall and 3-6 in the region, while the Wildcats fell to 5-17 overall with a 0-9 mark in the region.

The Lady Wildcats came out slow to start Tuesday's contest.

Cleveland held a 7-4 lead on Amanda Elzy midway through the first quarter, but Cleveland's McKinnon Skeen came off the bench to spark the Lady Wildcats' offense. Skeen scored eight consecutive points including two three point shots to give the Lady Wildcats a 15-8 lead.

Elzy climbed right back in the game as the Lady Panthers forced three turnovers from the Lady Wildcats that resulted in six unanswered points to closed the gap to 15-14.

With time running down in the first quarter, Cleveland's Taylor Collins hit a short jump shot to beat the buzzer and give the Lady Wildcats a 17-14 lead going into the second quarter.

In the second quarter, the Lady Wildcats got hot by stretching their lead to 23-16. The game remained stuck there for a while, but the Lady Wildcats managed to go into the locker room leading 30-22.

"I thought we started the game slow,” Cleveland High head coach Jenny McCullough said. “With it being senior night, we were too excited and at halftime I told them to just relax and play ball. I thought in the second half we did a good job of wearing them down and moving a lot better on offense and defense.”

In the third, the Lady Wildcats outscored the Lady Panthers 11-4 to start the quarter for a 41-26 lead, and they never looked back as they dominated the game from that point on leading the Lady Panthers 44-26 at the end of the third quarter.

In the fourth quarter, the Lady Wildcats outscored the Lady Panthers 19-9 to secure the victory.

Skeen led the Lady Wildcats with 24 points on 50-percent shooting (6-of-12) from the three-point line. Tonidra Blair scored 12 points with nine rebounds to aid the Lady Wildcats.

In boys' action, the Cleveland High Wildcats came out strong against the No. 1 team in the region as they fought hard in the opening quarter. Cleveland only trailed Elzy 17-10 as the game rolled into the second quarter.

In the second quarter Elzy opened things up and outscored Cleveland 22-6 to go into halftime leading 39-16 at halftime. Elzy led 51-26 after the third quarter as they went on to secure the victory to improve to 21-4 on the year with an 8-0 mark in the region.

Cleveland will be back in action Friday at Grenada.