ELIZABETHTON — It took Elizabethton a little while to get cranked up.
Once the Lady Cyclones did, West Greene was in trouble.
Getting a combined 38 points, 11 rebounds and seven steals from freshmen twin sisters Kelci and Kayla Marosites, Elizabethton pounded the Lady Buffaloes 72-38 in the Region 1-AAA basketball quarterfinals at Treadway Gym on Friday night.
The Cyclones improved to 25-4 and will take on South Greene (22-12) in Monday's semifinals at 6 p.m. South Greene held off Sullivan East 71-68.
The other semifinal will match Happy Valley (14-14) against undefeated Grainger (31-0) at 7:30 p.m. The Warriors beat Chuckey-Doak while the Grizzlies made Unicoi County end the season with a three-game losing streak.
Throughout the night, it was the Marosites who did damage to West Greene. Kelci had 15 of her 21 points in the first half. Kayla had 12 of her 17 in the second half.
With West Greene content to sit in a 2-3 zone, the Marosites got plenty of open looks from the perimeter.
“I thought we had good ball movement,” said Lady Cyclones head coach Len Dugger.
Both Marosites benefitted from that movement.
“My teammates did a good job of finding me,” said Kelci. “They made good passes.”
Kelci totaled four rebounds and five steals while Kayla had seven rebounds and two steals. Kelci hit four 3-pointers.
But it wasn't a two-player show. Reazyn DeMoss, Whitney Roberts and Sarah Bradley also made big contributions for the Lady Cyclones. DeMoss had nine points and eight rebounds while Roberts totaled six points with eight rebounds.
Bradley, the Cyclones' point guard, had eight points, five assists and five steals.
“Sarah is getting better,” said Dugger. “She was a spark. She is our unsung hero. She was making big plays on both ends of the floor.”
DeMoss said defense is the key to continuing the team's postseason success.
“Focusing on defense, that's the most important thing,” she said.
With impressive center Charlotte Murphy keeping her team afloat, West Greene led 15-14 after one quarter of play. However, the Cyclones turned up the defensive pressure and opened the second quarter with a 13-0 run.
The Lady Cyclones keep that edge until finishing the third quarter with a 13-0 run to take a 57-32 advantage. Elizabethton then opened the fourth quarter with an 11-2 spurt.
Dugger said it was a good win because it's the region tournament.
“When you're still playing, it's huge,” he said.
Murphy finished with 23 points, 10 rebounds and two assists for West Greene which finished with a record of 9-21.