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Lady Champs can't shake off rust, fall to Gordonsville

Friday, December 28, 2012

Jessica Ervin snatches up a steal and charges the goal, looking for an open shot.
(T-G Photo by Chris Siers)
WATERTOWN -- Having not played in a week and a half, the Cascade Lady Champions were a little rusty in their first round game of the Watertown Christmas Tournament against the Gordonsville Lady Tigers.

Plagued by turnovers and miscues, the Lady Champions suffered a tough loss in the opening round game, 48-45.

"Our last three or four games, we haven't played very well. We have to get our intensity level up for the entire four quarters," said Cascade coach Chad Spencer.

Cascade looked solid early in the first quarter, and at one point held a 9-2 advantage. But the Lady Tigers clawed their way back into the game with eight quick points and finished the quarter down just three points.

Cascade wasn't alone in the struggles either. Gordonsville struggled with a handful of second quarter turnovers that led directly to points on the board for the Lady Champs.

Early in the second frame, Cascade worked the paint and did well drawing the foul and connecting on free throws.

In the second quarter alone, the Lady Champs made good on 7-of-9 attempts from the line, four of which came from Kelsey Parker.

But even with the accuracy at the line, Gordonsville closed the quarter on a 7-2 run to lead 24-22 at the half.

Both teams continued to struggle in the second half, particularly in the third quarter when neither team posted double figures.

Still, Cascade continued to pound the lane and led by Haylee Simpson and Elora Skuce, the Lady Champs held the momentum on a 7-point run midway through the frame.

Despite the run, Gordonsville still finished the quarter with a 3-point advantage.

That swing carried into the final eight minutes of play as well. With a handful of free throws to start the quarter, the Lady Tigers extended their lead six points.

"We well play in spurts, which at times is fine. We started out pretty good but we get a little relaxed sometimes like in the fourth quarter," Spencer said.

Elora Skuce drives the base line, looking for the open shot against Gordonsville in Thursday morning's game against the Watertown Lady Tigers.
(T-G Photo by Chris Siers)
Needing a big shot to stay within striking distance, Parker drilled a trey from the top of the key to bring Cascade within three again.

The Lady Champs knotted the game with a couple of buckets in transition following the trifecta as well.

But Gordonsville took a page from the Cascade playbook and began to draw the fouls and did the bulk of their work from the line.

As a team, the Lady Tigers hit an impressive 13 shots from the line in the fourth quarter alone. In all, Gordonsville cashed in on 22-of-36 tries from the charity stripe, while the Lady Champs connected on 18-of-26.

At one point late in the fourth quarter, Cascade again trimmed the lead to three points thanks to another big 3-pointer from Skuce, but couldn't ride the momentum to build much more of a comeback.

"Kelsey made a good assist to Elora in the fourth quarter to put us within a possession, but we didn't play very good defense on the other end," said Spencer.

The Lady Tigers saw two players hit double figures, with Lillie Green and Jacqueline Crawford leading the way with 14 apiece.

While Cascade didn't put any players in double digits, the Lady Champs were able to spread the attack and have eight players score points.

"We didn't rebound very well at all. We let them block us out and get rebounds. We had entirely too many turnovers," Spencer said.

Despite those struggles, Cascade will look to try and take some of the positives forward in the tournament.

The Lady Champs tipped off this morning against Page, but results were unavailable at press time. Look for a recap of Friday morning's game in the Sunday edition of the T-G.

Cascade 13 9 8 15 -- 45

Gordonsville 10 14 9 15 -- 48

Cascade: Elora Skuce 9, Haley Edmondson 8, Kelsey Parker 8, Haylee Simpson 7, Maya Gaston 5, Andrea Pigg 3, Jessica Ervin 3, Karly Grissom 2.

Gordonsville: Lillie Green 14, Jacqueline Crawford 14, Arielle Davis 9, Charli Vaden 4, Hailey Crawford 3, Paige Lohorn 2, Kimmie Bush 2.

3-Point goals: Cascade (4): Skuce 3, Parker 1; Gordonsville (2): J. Crawford 2.

Halftime score: Gordonsville 24, Cascade 22.

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