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Despite having a slim, 21-17 lead after the first half, Cascade just couldn't capitalize on an area of attack, that is until Lady Champion senior Haley Edmondson took over early in the third quarter.
Edmondson forced several turnovers and jump started a 14-4 run to begin the quarter, which led Cascade to an eventual 63-44 win.
"We made a few adjustments at halftime and it really paid off for us. We came out and played a lot better. We came out and really followed Haley Edmondson's lead. She got some baskets and some steals," said Cascade coach Chad Spencer.
In the first half, the Lady Champs struggled in the paint against Huntland's size, which was led by Alexis Smith.
"Our goal coming in was to take the ball right at No. 15 (Smith) and try and get her in foul trouble. I thought early on we weren't ever going to get that accomplished. Then she started fouling. Once we were able to get her out of the game we were able to put them away," Spencer said.
Even with Smith leading the attack in the lane, Cascade senior Kelsey Parker still managed to win several individual battles and posted a team-high 11 points.
"Kelsey does a great job defending people that are bigger than her. She's done it her entire high school career," Spencer said.
Even though Parker took care of business inside the lane, it wasn't the initial game plan Spencer had in mind for taking on Huntland's inside size advantage.
"We had to play tonight without Maya Gaston tonight who was out sick. Without her, our whole game plan changed," he said.
Spencer had intended to use Gaston's size to Cascade's advantage to counter Smith's presence in the paint.
Even without Gaston, the Lady Champs were still able to overcome some adversity to put the Lady Hornets away.
"I was pretty pleased with our half court defense. In the first half, our full court defense wasn't very good, but that picked up a little bit in the second half," Spencer said.
That defensive pressure helped jump start the offense as well. Cascade accumulated 42 points in the second half, with an impressive 26 banked in the fourth to put Huntland away for good.
Cascade also took advantage of its time at the charity stripe, cashing in on 14-of-24 shots.
Just a night after seeing 13 members of the roster score points against the Culleoka Lady Warriors, Cascade was able to spread out the attack to finish off Lady Hornets.
The Lady Champs will take aim at the Eagleville Lady Eagles on Friday in another District 9-A showdown with the hopes of making it three-straight victories in district play so far in the young season.
Tip off is set for 6 p.m. on Friday.
Huntland 8 9 8 19 -- 44
Cascade 11 10 16 26 -- 63
Huntland: Courtnee Mayes 14, Alexis Smith 11, Holly Wortman 8, Faith Elrod 5, Kellie Gamble 2, Callie Perkins 2, Jacey Dudick 2.
Cascade: Kelsey Parker 11, Elora Skuce 10, Andrea Pigg 9, Jessica Ervin 8, Katie Vincent 7, Haylee Simpson 7, Haley Edmondson 6, Karly Grissom 5.
3-point goals: Cascade (5): Skuce 2, Ervin 1, Vincent 1, Simpson 1; Huntland (2): Mayes 1, Elrod 1.
Halftime score: Cascade 21, Huntland 17.