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While the Champs managed to mobilize its offense, the Hornets rode a 28-point third quarter to a 66-58 District 9-A win on Tuesday night.
"We knew they would shoot some 3's, but not like that. We were matching them for a while, but we never could get enough stops," said Cascade coach Mike Edmondson.
Both teams struggled to find their offensive rhythm in the first half, but all that went out the window in at the start of the third quarter.
In 10 consecutive scoring possessions, the teams broke open the scoreboard with a deadly accurate 3-point attack.
In all, both squads amassed nine treys apiece, but it was Seth Satterfield's five trifectas boosted the visitors to the win.
During the first half, however, Cascade got a leg up from Blake Floyd's inside game. The junior had six of the Champs' first eight points off offensive rebounds.
"Blake did a good job on the offensive glass. He had six points of our first eight points on the offensive boards," Edmondson said.
While Floyd kept it close early, the Champs' effectiveness beyond the arc kicked in later in the game.
Still, Cascade had its chances, but never could cut it down past five points.
"We had it down to five three different times, but we never could cut into it. That's where we have to execute and score," Edmondson said.
Going into Tuesday's game, the Champs had a size advantage inside, but ended up playing without a key component--Jesse Barnes.
Barnes didn't dress in Tuesday's game due to being sick, but is expected back for Friday's game against Eagleville.
"We missed his presence inside. That was our advantage coming into tonight is we would be able to play inside," Edmondson said.
With the 3-point game dazzling fans in the second half, the game ended up being decided at the free throw line where the Hornets connected on 11-of-16 tries while Cascade only cashed in on 7-of-12 attempts.
Both teams put three players into double digits. In addition to Satterfield's 19, Jacob McLennon and freshman Kobe Foster added 18 and 15, respectively.
Cascade, on the other hand, saw Will Holt lead the team with 15, while Alex Hatchett and Floyd added 12 apiece.
The Champs will attempt to rebound and avoid falling below .500 in district play on Friday at Eagleville.
"We've seen them and played them a couple of times. They're feisty. They're pretty much the same team they had last year," Edmondson said.
Huntland 11 12 28 15 -- 66
Cascade 10 11 18 19 -- 58
Huntland: Seth Satterfield 19, Jacob McLennon 18, Kobe Foster 15, Evans Ray 8, Colton Magourk 6.
Cascade: Will Holt 15, Blake Floyd 12, Alex Hatchett 12, Jake Pimental 9, James Lattimore 4, Bryce Clinton 3, Sam Gardner 3.
3-Point goals: Cascade (9): Hatchett 3, Holt 3, Gardner 1, Pimental 1, Clinton 1; Huntland (9): Satterfield 5, Ray 2, McLennon 1, Foster 1.
Halftime score: Huntland 23, Cascade 21.