(T-G Photo by Chris Siers)
In what was a physical, scrap from start to finish, Cascade quickly fell behind the Lady Patriots and trailed 20-9 after the first quarter.
But Cascade (7-5) was able to muster a rally of sorts and cut the Lady Patriot lead down to 14 points heading to the half.
Despite the first half struggles, the Lady Champs continued to drive the lane and did a good job drawing the fouls.
As a team in the third quarter, the Lady Champs hit 10-of-12 tries from the charity stripe. Cascade managed to outscore the Lady Patriots 15-10 in the third frame, and continued to cut into Lady Patriot lead well into the fourth.
After a pair of buckets by freshman Maya Gaston early in the final frame, the Lady Patriot lead was just five points. But Page continued to draw the foul and get to the line, where the Lady Patriots promptly cashed in on 8-of-10 in the final eight minutes of play.
Trailing by 10 points with about a minute and a half left, Alyssa Hoover hit a big 3-pointer to bring the Lady Champs back within seven.
Even though Hoover delivered a chance to bring the game back within 10 points, the Lady Champs were forced to foul to stop the clock.
The Lady Patriots put the game away by making five of their last six attempts at the line.
In all, the Lady Champs got big points from Elora Skuce, who knocked down a pair of treys as part of her team high 16 points.
In addition to Skuce's perimeter attack, Gaston powered the Lady Champion inside game and added nine points.
Page, meanwhile, saw three players hit double digits, with Cat Taylor's 19 points leading all scorers. She also powered the Lady Patriot ranged attack, knocking down three of Page's six 3-pointers.
Bria White and Chloe Wigginton added 13 and 11 points for the winners, respectively.
Cascade 9 16 15 9 -- 49
Page 20 19 10 12 -- 61
Cascade: Elora Skuce 16, Maya Gaston 9, Jessica Ervin 6, Haley Edmondson 5, Haylee Simpson 4, Alyssa Hoover 3, Andrea Pigg 2, Karly Grissom 2, Kelsey Parker 2.
Page: Cat Taylor 19, Bria White 13, Chloe Wigginton 11, Tate Byram 7, Allison Wiley 5, Carli Bastel 4, Morgan Nichols 2.
3-Point goals: Cascade (3): Skuce 2, Hoover; Page (6): Taylor 3, Byram 2, Wiley 1.
Halftime score: Page 39, Cascade 25.
(T-G Photo by Chris Siers)
It was all Cascade from the opening tip off to the final buzzer, with the Lady Champs utilizing a suffocating defensive pressure that led to key points in transition.
"Our defensive intensity was relentless. We got a lot of points in transition off our defense and running the floor," said Cascade coach Chad Spencer.
Cascade wasted little time establishing the momentum, outscoring Trousdale County 28-2 in the opening frame.
The Lady Champs piled on 24 more in the second quarter and held a 52-12 lead after the first half.
They didn't ease off the throttle in the second half either.
Cascade delivered a crushing blow with 21 more in the third quarter, while Trousdale County only managed four more points. With the game well out of reach, the Lady Champs were able to work in several players off the bench that contributed on the scoreboard as well.
Haley Edmondson led all scorers with 18 points, with Haylee Simpson and Maya Gaston each posting double figures as well. Simpson netted 11 points while Gaston added 10 more from inside the paint.
In addition to flexing the offensive muscle from the floor, Cascade saw big numbers from the free throw line as well. As a team, the Lady Champs shot 21-of-29 tries for 72 percent. Simpson and Edmondson both were on target from the charity stripe as well, with Simpson sinking 8-of-9 attempts while Edmondson cashed in on 7-of-8 tries.
Spencer credited the win to the defensive efforts and a stifling intensity, which has been absent in the last few games.
"We played great defense. It was good to see that kind of intensity again. We've been lacking it the last few games," he said.
Cascade will attempt to repeat the performance from Saturday morning in the next district contest, scheduled for Friday at MTCS. Tip off is set for 6 p.m.
"I'm proud of the girls and the way they played today," Spencer said.
Cascade 28 24 21 11 -- 84
Trousdale Co, 2 10 4 9 -- 25
Cascade: Jessica Ervin 7, Heather Hart 6, Alyssa Hoover 3, Elora Skuce 9, Haley Edmondson 18, Andrea Pigg 9, Haylee Simpson 11, Katelyn Jarell 3, Kelsey Parker 6, Maya Gaston 10, Juli Jones 3
Trousdale Co.: Destiny Dixon 5, Ashley Cornwall 3, Abbey Odom 4, Sydney Shoulders 7, Paige Nunley 4, Natalie Story 2
Halftime score: Cascade 52, Trousdale Co. 12.