PIGEON FORGE—Morristown East showed a lot of improvement in notching its second victory of the young girls basketball season.
The Lady Hurricanes romped past the host team in the Pigeon Forge Thanksgiving Classic Tuesday evening, 63-38.
Three players scored in double figures as East was impressive at times after a lackluster season-opening win on Monday afternoon.
Sable Burnside tossed through 21 points to lead the Lady ‘Canes with Sarah King adding 14 and Devasia Kyle 12.
Pigeon Forge, now 1-3 for the year, was led by Sarah Teaster with 15 and Ana Naas with 13.
East ran its offense much better and shot the ball pretty well in the win. The Lady Hurricanes finished 25-of-54 for 46.3 percent including 6-of-16 three-point attempts.
Coach Michael Potts stated, “My team was very coachable today. We had about a 45-minute walk through, and we fixed some things from last night.
“The main thing that pleased me and the reason I say they were coachable is the fact that they came out here tonight and tried to apply what we worked on. I would have said they were coachable whether we won or lost tonight.”
Potts added, “We hit some shots that we didn’t make last night and I thought it was a better effort. We created turnovers and took advantage of them for some easy baskets and that was huge.
“We still have a lot of things to work on, especially our man defense. But I was really pleased with the progress we made from the first day to the next.”
East’s King and Naas traded baskets to open the game and then Burnside scored three straight buckets to get the Lady ‘Canes off to an 8-2 lead.
After Teaster scored for the Lady Tigers, Kyle knocked down a three from the wing. But Teaster hit another bucket and then converted a conventional three-point play to chop the lead down to 11-9 with 2:53 left in the initial quarter.
But Burnside converted her own three-point play and Noelle Cox hit a basket for East. Naas buried a three but Kyle hit the final basket of the quarter to give her team an 18-12 advantage at the first rest stop.
Teaster’s layup opened the second quarter before East broke the game wide open with a 16-2 run ignited by back-to-back three’s from King. Naas scored for the home team but Kierstin Bell and Kyle sandwiched baskets around three by Burnside and the Lady ‘Canes were in control at 34-16 with 1:58 left in the half.
The Lady Tigers got the final five points before intermission as Naas scored inside and Kailee Bradley knocked down a triple.
King had five in the third stanza when East led by as many as 19 before settling for a 45-31 margin after three quarters.
Bell started the final frame with a three and Burnside and Megan Winstead added baskets and Cox hit a free throw for a 53-31 lead before Halle Hensley’s three put the first points on the board for the Lady Tigers.
Kyle answered with a three for East. Teaster scored the final points for the Lady Tigers with 3:55 left in the game and Potts was able to play the subs in the final minutes.
Pigeon Forge shot 37.2 percent by making 16 of 43. The Lady Tigers hit 3 of 15 from behind the arc.
The Lady ‘Canes won the backboard battle, 34.26. Burnside led the way with seven, Kyle grabbed six and King five.