(T-G Photo by Brett Turner)
The Lady Champs (7-3, 4-1 9-A) utilized a hot start and coasted off the momentum to a 60-40 win over a depleted Fayetteville City team on Friday night.
"We came out on fire early and I thought Andrea Pigg played great. She got some easy baskets and hit a big three in the first quarter to ignite us," said Cascade coach Chad Spencer.
Saying Pigg got the Champs started could be a bit of an understatement.
She dominated the offensive side of the ball for the Lady Champs in the first frame and added nine points, including a huge 3-pointer to break the game wide open for the home team.
Cascade continued the ranged attack in the second quarter and got three treys from Haley Edmondson, Karly Grissom, and Haylee Simpson to pick up some breathing room on the scoreboard heading into the break.
But Fayetteville guard Trevah Thompson was on a mission to get the Lady Tigers back in contention to make a run.
Of her game-high 20 points, Thompson hit 10 in the second quarter, going 4-for-4 from the free throw line.
"I didn't think we did a very good job on the defensive end stopping their point guard. She went coast to coast on us a couple of times," Spencer said.
Still, Cascade answered in the third quarter with Elora Skuce's efforts. Of her team-leading 14 points, she banked eight in the third frame.
Fayetteville continued to linger around in the fourth quarter and mustered up 13 points, but was forced to finish the game with only four players on the floor, due to Jasmine Parks fouling out.
Even with a late push by the Lady Tigers, Cascade just had too many weapons in the arsenal for Fayetteville to overcome--which was a big positive according to Spencer.
"The most positive thing is that every girl that was able to play got significant playing time," Spencer said.
Of the 16 dressed Lady Champions, 10 were able to score points and lead to the win.
The win rights the ship for the Lady Champs following Tuesdays loss and gives the Lady Champs a bit of a break until they tip off in the Watertown Christmas Tournament in a few weeks.
"We'll take it going into the Christmas break and work hard trying to get better," Spencer said.
Cascade will dive back into district play on Jan. 4 when the Lady Champs head to Murfreesboro to face the MTCS Lady Cougars.
Fayetteville 6 10 11 13 -- 40
Cascade 19 16 14 11 -- 60
Fayetteville: Trevah Thompson 20, Jasmine Parks 10, Tamia Baker 6, Paeschence Thompson 4.
Cascade: Elora Skuce 14, Andrea Pigg 10, Jessica Ervin 6, Maya Gaston 6, Haley Edmondson 5, Haylee Simpson 5, Karly Grissom 5, Juli Jones 4, Kelsey Parker 3, Katie Vincent 2.
3-Point goals: Cascade (4): Edmondson, Pigg, Grissom, Simpson; Fayetteville (2): T. Thompson 2.
Halftime score: Cascade 35, Fayetteville 16.