Lady Champs hand win to Moore Co.
In a close game, turnovers usually play a major role in the final outcome.
Such was the case in Cascade's 43-27 loss to Moore County on Friday night in the third annual Eaglette Tip Off Classic at Shelbyville Central Friday evening.
It was the schools' second meeting in less than a week. Moore County claimed a 55-41 victory earlier.
"Turnovers were the big difference in this game," Cascade coach Chad Spencer said. "We just had way too many silly elementary school mistakes that cost us the ball game. You're not supposed to walk and double dribble when you're in high school. Sure, there are going to be times that you may do it, but you've got to learn from it and we're just having to learn the hard way right now. You take those turnovers away and we protect the ball just a little bit more and it's a different outcome."
"We stuck to our defensive game plan until we lost the lead late in the third quarter and, defensively, I thought we played good. We rebounded the ball a little bit better than we did against them the other night. Offensively, Tiffany (Gibbs) is playing good despite having some back spasms, but she is still playing her heart out and had a gutsy performance in this game."
The tempo and the pace of the game favored the Lady Champions as they jumped out to a 7-4 lead before the Lady Raiders closed out the first quarter with an 8-0 run.
Cascade (1-2) scored 11 unanswered points to start the second quarter and go up 18-12. Moore County scored a couple of baskets to cut the lead to 18-16 at the intermission.
"We're right where we need to be at halftime," Spencer said. "Our defense dictated the tempo of the game. It might have been a boring game to watch but it was the tempo we needed if we were going to have a chance to win."
The game remained close throughout the second half but Moore County took the lead for good when Lacy Fanning scored in the final seconds of the third quarter to give the Lady Raiders a 24-22 lead.
Heather Vann led the winners with 11 points while Vanessa Pincheon added 10 tallies, including six in the fourth stanza.
Eighth-grader Rachel Garland and Fanning each added seven.
Gibbs finished with a game-high 15 points to pace the Lady Champs.
Cascade shined at the charity stripe, cashing in on 10-of-13 attempts.
"This is a good experience playing in this atmosphere with all these quality teams," Spencer said. "I don't ever remember Cascade coming and playing in this gym so I think we might have started off a little bit nervous. I think that tonight made us better and hopefully we'll see that on the court soon. We've got to find that fire and intensity that we had when we went down to Harpeth and we'll be fine."
The Lady Champs were scheduled to play Independence on Saturday.