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Lady Champs can't finish rally, suffer first District 9-A defeat

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

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Haylee Simpson draws the foul on a layup attempt during the first half against the Forrest Lady Rockets on Tuesday night.
(T-G Photo by Chris Siers)
CHAPEL HILL -- There's just something about the Cascade-Forrest rivalry. Whenever the two teams step on the court to face one another, all bets are off as to which team will come out on top.

On Tuesday night, it was the Lady Rockets (4-9, 1-3 9-A) who were able to hand the Lady Champs (6-3, 3-1 9-A) their first district loss of the '12-'13 season.

"We started out the game and we were playing very apprehensive. We weren't attacking the basket--which was our game plan," said Lady Champion coach Chad Spencer.

That apprehension allowed the Lady Rockets to seize control of the scoreboard after the first eight minutes of play with a 15-9 advantage.

Forrest continued to roll in the second frame and posted another 16 points, giving the Lady Rockets a 10-point lead heading into the break.

But at halftime, Cascade switched up the lineup on the floor and began to find its groove.

"We were down at halftime and we didn't make any adjustments, but we switched our lineup around a little bit and that group played outstanding on both sides of the ball," Spencer said.

Those lineup changes allowed Cascade to utilize its explosive offense in the third.

Spurred by Katie Vincent's deadly accurate ranged attack, the Lady Champs catapulted out in front with 16-point third quarter.

Elora Skuce also lent her efforts to the Lady Champion rally as well. Skuce scored seven points in the third as well.

"Katie shot the ball great. She really sparked us on offense. I thought Jessica Ervin did good attacking the basket. Elora (Skuce) hit some shots in the third quarter and Haley Edmondson did a good job of getting the offense moving," Spencer said.

While the Lady Champion offense flourished and eventually recaptured the lead by the end of the third quarter, Cascade began to struggle finding traction again in the fourth.

"We just missed some assignments there at the end of the game and it cost us. That's basketball--sometimes it bounces your way and sometimes it doesn't," Spencer said.

Forrest outscored the Lady Champs 15-5 in the final frame to pull ahead for the eight point victory, handing Cascade its first loss on the district season.

Cascade doesn't get long to hang its head on the loss as Fayetteville City heads to the Stable on Friday night.

"It's our first district loss and we've got a chance to make up for that on Friday night. There's nobody in our district we can overlook. That's what makes this district so fun," Spencer said.

The Lady Champs will tip off against the Lady Tigers at 6 p.m. on Friday in Wartrace.

Cascade 9 12 16 5 -- 42

Forrest 15 16 4 15 -- 50

Cascade: Elora Skuce 13, Katie Vincent 12, Jessica Ervin 8, Haley Edmondson 4, Haylee Simpson 3, Andrea Pigg 2.

Forrest: Cheyane Brashear 14, Kirsten Holder 10, Caitlyn Yost 9, Scarlett Roberson 7, Candace Daughrity 2, Taylor Andrews 2, Haily Collins 2, Hannah Phifer 2, Amanda Chumbley 2.

3-Point goals: Cascade (5): Vincent 4, Skuce, Simpson; Forrest (3): Daughrity 2, Holder.

Halftime score: Forrest 31, Cascade 21.

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