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Champions race past Pats, 71-43

Friday, November 9, 2012

Mike Sorcia (33) goes up for the put back after hauling in a rebound. Sorcia knocked down six points for the Patriots on Thursday night.
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The Cascade Middle duo of Hayden Edmondson and Seth Gardner was just too much for the Liberty Patriots to try and contain in a 71-43 loss on Thursday night.

The two dominated the stats sheet, racking a combined 45 points against the Patriots.

While the final score appeared a bit one-sided, the Patriots didn't back down one inch against their cross-county rivals.

Late run

In fact, the Patriots closed the game on a 10-0 run, but it proved to be too little too late.

Cascade jumped out to an 18-10 first quarter lead on the shoulders of Edmondson and teammate Hunter Calvert, who scored seven and four points, respectively in the first frame.

But Liberty got several valuable points from Mike Sorcia to keep the Pats within striking distance.

Still, Cascade continued to cruise, but dealt the knockout blow in the third quarter with another 24 points.

Liberty, on the other hand, continued to tread water and added another 14.

As in any rivalry showdown, this game was physical from the first whistle to the final bucket.

Foul line

The teams did their share of work from the free throw line, with the Patriots connecting on 15-of-32 attempts.

Hayden Edmondson (23) finishes off a fastbreak after an outlet pass from teammate Seth Gardner. Edmondson led all scorers with 23 points.
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Cascade, on the other hand, shot an impressive 75 percent, making 9-of-12 shots.

The Champs also found key points from outside the perimeter, swishing the nylon with five treys.

Gardner and Edmondson each made a pair while Terrance Swan added one off the bench.

The Cascade pair weren't the only ones breaking into double digits, though. Liberty's Chris Houston scored a team-high 14 points to lead the Patriots

Cheerleader hurt

Nearing the end of the game, a Liberty cheerleader was injured on a play, and laid motionless on the ground for several minutes while school officials tended to her aid.

According to the school, the injuries were said to have only been severe bruises and she is expected to fully recover.

Cascade will attempt to pick up another rivalry win at Community on Monday night while the Patriots will try to rebound at home against Westwood.

Cascade 18 19 24 10 -- 71

Liberty 10 11 14 10 -- 43

Cascade: Hayden Edmondson 23, Seth Gardner 22, Hunter Calvert 6, Terrance Swan 5, Lane Stacey 5, Thomas Derickson 2, Will Carter 2.

Liberty: Chris Houston 14, Austin Seibers 8, Luke Davidson 7, Mike Sorcia 6, Logan Landers 2, Will Warner 2, Peyton Darnell 2, Dawson Wilson 1, Bradley Houston 1.

3-Point goals: Cascade (5): Edmondson 2, Gardner 2, Swan 1;Liberty (1): Davidson 1.

Halftime score: Cascade 37, Liberty 21.

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