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Lady Champs dismantle Culleoka in non-district clash

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Karly Grissom charges the lane and pulls up for a jumper. She had five points against the visiting Lady Warriors on Monday.
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Cascade coach Chad Spencer paced the sidelines of the gym at Forrest Middle School as his Cascade Middle Lady Champions took a tough loss in the World Tournament on Monday night.

With little time to spare, Spencer hurried to Cascade to coach the Cascade High School Lady Champions, hoping for a different outcome than the earlier game.

Was the outcome ever different.

Lucky 13

The Lady Champs (5-2, 1-0 9-A) were just about as dominant as could be as Cascade saw 13 scorers tally points in the winning efforts to lead the home team to an impressive 73-29 win.

"I didn't think I was going to make it here on time, but my girls came out ready to play. We've had some great practices here in the last several days. Our intensity is very high right now," Spencer said.

Right out of the gates, Cascade didn't waste any time letting Culleoka know who was in control of Monday night's non-district clash.

The Lady Champs raced out to a 29-11 lead after one quarter of play.

They added another 24 in the second to head to the break up 53-17.

'Relentless' press

Spencer credited both a relentless press, as well as being able to hit shots at will for leading the team to the win.

"The girls were relentless in the press. We shot the ball great from the perimeter. They came out playing man-to-man and we were able to execute very well. So then they went to zone and we were able to hit some shots," he said.

Those shots came from all over the floor, all night long. Cascade hit a modest seven treys, with Katie Vincent, Alyssa Hoover, and Elora Skuce each netting a pair.

"We had seven threes tonight as well as several layups. I tell the girls that we like 3's, but we love layups. So we were able to get a mixture of both," Spencer said.

Great shooting

In addition to damage in the paint and beyond the arc, the Lady Champs cashed in on 10-of-19 attempts at the line for 53 percent.

Of the 13 members of the team that saw buckets fall, Vincent led the way with 16 while Skuce chimed in with 13.

"We put 13 kids in the scoring column--that's pretty positive. That makes me proud of our offense. We share the ball. That's probably what I'm most proud of. That's the thing about my girls--they're not selfish. Sometimes, we need to be a little bit more selfish. We worked the ball around their zone great tonight," Spencer said.

Three-peat try

Cascade looks to make it three straight when Huntland visits Wartrace tonight for a 9-A clash--a task which Spencer says won't be an easy one.

"Every girl that dressed got to play a considerable amount of time. That was a positive because we got to rest some girls before we play Huntland tomorrow. They've got a lot of their kids back. We're going to have to come ready to play ball," he said .

But with an offensive clinic like the Lady Champs put on Monday night, the odds look decent for a close contest.

Tip off is set for 6 p.m. this evening.

Culleoka 11 6 3 9 -- 29

Cascade 29 24 12 8 -- 73

Culleoka: Hayley Foster 8, Ashton Kolter 8, Logan Scott 6, Sarah Liggett 6, Baylee Simmons 1.

Cascade: Katie Vincent 16, Elora Skuce 13, Alyssa Hoover 7, Heather Hart 6, Karly Grissom 5, Jessica Ervin 4, Haley Edmondson 4, Kelsey Parker 4, Maya Gaston 4, Andrea Pigg 3, Haylee Simpson 3, Taylor Barnes 2, Sarah Edmondson 2.

3-Point goals: Cascade (7): Simpson 1, Vincent 2, Hoover 2, Skuce 2.

Halftime score: Cascade 53, Culleoka 17.

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