Lady Champs hit from outside, inside
Cascade got production from several aspects of their roster to help them to a 56-20 win over visiting Culleoka on Tuesday night.
Millie Carter was the deep threat from the outside, knocking down five 3-pointers to lead all scorers with 15. Tiffany Gibbs attacked the rack, got to the foul line eight times and totaled 14 points. M.K. Potts slashed through the paint and dropped in jumpers from the elbow en route to 10 points.
It was the kind of offensive performance the Lady Champions (3-3) want to showcase night-in and night-out. However, their defense turned it up a notch and even held the Lady Warriors without a field goal for a spell of over 14 minutes midway through the contest.
"I'm wanting them to get more pride in defense," Cascade coach Chad Spencer said. "Tonight we were fortunate enough to have three girls in double-digits ... but you're not going to get that every night. You're going to have to come out and take pride in getting stops and take pride in rebounding."
After the teams jockeyed back and forth in the early stages, the Lady Champs darted out in front 13-4 by closing the first frame with an 8-0 run.
Culleoka (2-5) eased to within 15-11 in the second period before the Orange and Black put a lid on the goal.
"We got a little complacent in the second quarter but we came back and played harder. We got some good minutes from some kids off the bench," Spencer said.
Spencer pointed at the play off the pine of Megan McBee (eight second-half points, three steals) and Jessica Popp, most notably.
Kristen Ratley's free throw with 1:02 showing was the only point the Lady Warriors could muster in the third quarter. She ended the drought from the field with a basket 57 seconds into the fourth.
Cascade was 8-for-20 at the free-throw line, while Culleoka made 5-of-12.
The Lady Champs kick off their District 9-A schedule at Boyd Christian in McMinnville on Friday night at 6.
"Early on we played a real tough schedule and the reason behind that was to try and get ready for district play," Spencer said.