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Lionettes pull away from Cascade

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Elora Skuce drives the base line and tries to find an open shot against the Lionettes' defense.
(T-G Photo by Chris Siers)
WOODBURY -- Cascade showed flickers of life in being able to compete with the Cannon County Lionettes on Tuesday night, but couldn't sustain enough consistency throughout the full four quarters to pull off a victory.

The Lady Champs eventually were defeated 66-48 on the road.

While the later quarters were lopsided, early on it was a blow for blow shootout between the two squads.

Offensive star

Abbey Sissom established her offensive presence early in the game, banking 12 of her game-high 24 points in the first frame alone.

Still, Cascade hung around in striking distance and managed 15 points in the first quarter.

Cascade found the a balance of its early points between driving the lane and the perimeter shot.

Kelsey Parker and Elora Skuce added five points in the first quarter to keep things manageable.

Cannon County pulled ahead in the second quarter, outscoring the visitors 13-9 to head into the break with a 35-24 advantage.

The Lionettes posted double figure scores in both of the final two quarters to put the game away for good.

Some good news

Cascade struggled to find its rhythm on the defensive side of the ball. With height inside and sharpshooters lining the perimeter, the Lionettes took advantage of the mismatches and mistakes all night.

But it wasn't all bad news for the Lady Champs.

Cascade got a brief burst of life from Karly Grissom late in the second half, who accounted for 11 points, nine of which came from beyond the arc.

But her addition proved to be too little too late for the Lady Champs.

Sissom got some key support from Abby Jakes and Rebekah Faulkner who added 13 and 12 points, respectively.

Size issue

Cascade struggled to attack the lane due to Cannon County's size inside. With the source of inside points cut off, Cascade relied on the outside shot and still came up with six total treys.

But one area where the Lady Champs struggled was from the line, only connecting on 14-of-26 attempts.

The Lady Champs don't get very long to dwell on the Tuesday night loss as they hit the road again on Friday for a cross-county match up against the Community Viqueens, who also fell on Tuesday night to Moore County, 46-44.

Tip off on Friday night is scheduled for 6 p.m.

Cascade 15 9 8 16 -- 48

Cannon Co. 22 13 17 14 -- 66

Cascade: Elora Skuce 12, Karly Grissom 11, Maya Gaston 7, Kelsey Parker 6, Haylee Simpson 4, Jessica Ervin 4, Haley Edmondson 2, Katie Vincent 1, Andrea Pigg 1.

Cannon Co.: Abbey Sissom 24, Abby Jakes 13, Rebekah Faulkner 12, Ashley Basham 6, Jordan Mollis 6, Madison Walkup 5.

3-Point goals: Cannon Co. (8): Jakes 3, Sissom 2, Mollis 2, Walkup 1; Cascade (6): Grissom 3, Skuce 2, Simpson 1.

Halftime score: Cannon Co. 35, Cascade 24.

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