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Champs bury Lions, but real test awaits

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Alex Hatchett splits the Cannon County defense and draws the foul. He went on to connect on both free throw attempts.
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With a tough week against district opponents on the schedule, the Cascade Champions (12-5, 6-2 9-A) got a chance to work on some different things against non-district foe Cannon County (9-11, 3-3 8-AA) on Monday night.

Those few things the Champs worked on paid off as they picked up a 53-43 win to kick off the week's slate of games.

Close at first

It was a slow start for both squads, but the Champs were able to establish a rhythm of sorts in the first quarter and pull ahead for a 10-8 advantage after the first eight minutes of play.

Cannon County charged back and knotted the game at 19 apiece heading to the break.

While it was an offensive struggle in the first half, it was Cascade's defense that took control in the second half.

"I thought we played really good defense to start the second half. We got a lot of guys a lot of minutes early," Edmondson said.

With such a big district game on the horizon against Huntland, the Champs were able to work in several members of the Champion bench and run several plays, which Edmondson said was invaluable for the young Champions.

"It's one of those games that you don't like playing on the night before a district game, but I thought the way things worked out, we were able to work on a lot of different things," he said.

With the personnel on the floor constantly changing, Cascade was able to gain the upper hand thanks to its overpowering defense in the second half and constant use of fresh legs on the floor.

In the third quarter, Cascade's defense limited the Lions to just seven points, while powering ahead with 14 more.

Utilizing a ranged attack with big treys from Sam Gardner and Will Holt, the Champs worked a crippling inside-out attack. With Holt and Gardner firing away from range, the Champs also saw Jesse Barnes attack the paint, accounting for key points in the lane.

Cascade played add on in the fourth quarter and saw a handful of younger players come off the bench and contribute key points down the stretch.

While Cascade had been effective all over the floor, it was a 14-of-18 attempts from the line in the fourth quarter that buried the Lions.

Edmondson hopes the rested legs will come in handy during tonight's game at Huntland.

"It was huge. Those guys will need to play some more minutes tomorrow night. We got a chance to get some of those guys some time. Any kind of experience helps them out. A few of them got their first varsity minutes--Chandler (Sulcer) and Tyler (Huff)," he said.

With the heart of the district schedule on the horizon, Edmondson feels his team is starting to see the final product and end goal of making a run at the district title.

"I think the picture is starting to be there. They're seeing what we need to do. These guys take it one game at a time. That's the good thing about these guys--they don't get too high or too low after a win or a loss. I think they'll be ready to play again tomorrow night," he said.

Huntland currently sits tied with Cascade for second place in the district standings with a 6-2 record.

"It's a big game. We're batting them for second," he said.

Tip-off is set to follow the Lady Champions game at 6 p.m. in Huntland.

Cannon Co. 8 11 7 17 -- 43

Cascade 10 9 14 20 -- 53

Cannon Co.: Tommy Mitchell 11, Alex Davenport 8, Ethan Bryson 6, Tanner Lakson 4, Zach Higgins 4, Corey Henley 3, Jarrett Melton 3, Justin Tobin 2, Garrett McReynolds 2.

Cascade: Will Holt 15, Jesse Barnes 13, Marky Gilmore 7, James Lattimore 6, Bryce Clinton 5, Alex Hatchett 4, Sam Gardner 3.

3-Point goals: Cascade (4): Holt 2, Gilmore, Hatchett; Cannon Co. (3): Davenport 2, Higgins.

Halftime score: Cannon Co. 19, Cascade 19.

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