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Cascade 'D' stuns Culleoka

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Sam Gardner flies for a layup after burning the Culleoka defense. He had 11 points and helped pace the Champs to the 62-39 win on Monday night.
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WARTRACE -- By now, Cascade's defensive prowess is making as much of a name as the offense. For the third-straight game, the Champs held an opponent to 26 or fewer points through three quarters of play.

On Monday, the Champs (4-2, 1-0 9-A) limited the visiting Culleoka Warriors to 19 points through three quarters while putting on an offensive clinic en route to a 63-39 non-district win.

"I thought we executed our offensive sets well and defense we played well again. Can't ask for much more than that," said Cascade coach Mike Edmondson.

Efficient play

Efficiency was key for Cascade.

On most of their offensive possessions, the Champs only needed one shot to add to the scoreboard.

In the first quarter, the big bodies of Blake Floyd and James Lattimore dictated the pace of play inside the paint, while Sam Gardner began to find his grove from range.

Gardner hit his first trey halfway through the first frame, but caught on fire in the second, netting two more.

That fire spread to teammate Will Holt, who also added a pair of trifectas in the second quarter, boosting the Champs' advantage to 43-14 at the break.

Sam shoots it

"Sam shot the ball extremely well. He's been shooting the ball well in practice--and in the game's too. He's done a great job shooting," Edmondson said.

While the offense was impressive early, the defense led to several Warrior turnovers that gave Cascade extra possessions and chances at playing add on.

"We're really pleased with what we're doing defensively right now," Edmondson said.

In all, the Champs put four players in double digits, with Garder and Holt banking 11 apiece, while teammates Blake Floyd and Alex Hatchett added 10.

Another challenge

With district foe Huntland on the horizon, the Champs hope to continue their sound offense with their stymieing defense this evening.

"I think it will be a good challenge. From what I've heard is they're really sound offensively and hard to stop. Our advantage is size and we'll try to take advantage of it. It's going to be a battle," Edmondson said.

Tip off is set to follow the Lady Champs' game at 6 p.m.

Culleoka 9 5 5 20 -- 39

Cascade 21 22 7 12 -- 63

Culleoka: Grayson Kennedy 9, Austin Creps 8, Ben Hubbell 5, Julias Armstrong 5, Tyler Blake 3, Brady Sloan 2, Brian Greene 2, Alex Ford 2, Sam Davis 2, Tim Creps 1.

Cascade: Sam Gardner 11, Will Holt 11, Alex Hatchett 10, Blake Floyd 10, James Lattimore 6, Jake Pimental 5, Marky Gilmore 3, Jesse Barnes 3, Bryce Clinton 2, Grant Snell 1.

3-Point goals: Cascade (5): Gardner 3, Holt 2.

Halftime score: Cascade 43, Culleoka 14.

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