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Cascade catches up, swats Lady Hornets

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Kelsey Parker makes a quick move and banks in an easy bucket. She knocked down five points against the Lady Hornets on Tuesday night.
(T-G Photo by Chris Siers)
HUNTLAND -- For the second night in a row, the Cascade Lady Champions found themselves facing an early deficit and needing a quick boost to get back in the game.

Unlike Monday's outcome in a narrow loss to No. 1 2A team in the state, Cannon County, Cascade was able to rally and blister the Huntland Lady Hornets (9-9, 3-5 9-A) with a 44-33 win on Tuesday night.

On Tuesday, the Lady Champs (13-6, 8-1 9-A) found themselves facing a 7-0 deficit to start the game against the Lady Hornets.

"When we got here, we were just a little slow getting started. But we made a run to get it started. Once we got the lead, we got settled in our game a little bit," said Cascade coach Chad Spencer.

The tables quickly turned when Cascade was able to find a two-pronged attack with Elora Skuce's ranged game and Maya Gaston's inside presence.

Skuce put the Lady Champs on the board with a 3-pointer, but saw six-straight points from Gaston which knotted the game at nine points late in the opening period.

Senior Haley Edmondson gave Cascade the lead with a big 3-pointer, while Skuce added another trey at the end of the quarter, giving the Lady Champs a 15-12 advantage.

The teams battled back and forth in the second quarter, but Cascade was able to take control thanks to a 7-2 run to close the first half.

While it was a close contest in the first half, the second half was all Cascade. The Lady Champs collectively outscored Huntland 19-12 in the final two quarters to secure the bounce back win.

In all, Cascade saw eight players find their way into the scoring column, with freshman Maya Gaston leading the way with 11 points. Seniors Haley Edmondson and Elora Skuce added 10 and eight points, respectively.

And though Spencer was pleased to see several girls score, it was the added efforts on defense that he feels made a difference in the game.

Andrea Pigg pushes the ball across halfcourt and sets up the Lady Champion offense.
(T-G Photo by Chris Siers)
"Even though we had several kids score, we had some kids that really contributed on defense I thought that allowed us to get out and run and get some baskets in transition in the third quarter.

"I thought Karly (Grissom), Jessica Ervin, and Andra Pigg did a good job of getting us started on the defensive end," he said.

But Cascade also able to crash the boards and win the battle for several lose balls, which played an intricate role in the victory.

Cascade senior Kelsey Parker won her share of rebounds and led the team with 12 boards, while teammate Haylee Simpson added a pair.

"We might be small in stature, but we've got big hearts. Our girls aren't afraid to get in there and sacrifice their body to get the ball," Spencer said.

"I thought we were able to get a lot of 50-50 balls tonight. We were able to get rid of them and able to kick them out to get some easy baskets."

The Lady Champs improve to 8-1 in district play with another 9-A showdown looming on Friday night when Eagleville pays a trip to the Stable.

Tip-off is set for 6 p.m.

Cascade 15 10 14 5 -- 44

Huntland 12 9 7 5 -- 33

Cascade: Maya Gaston 11, Haley Edmondson 10, Elora Skuce 8, Kelsey Parker 5, Karly Grissom 4, Andrea Pigg 3, Jessica Ervin 2, Haylee Simpson 1.

Huntland: Alexis Smith 13, Allie Perkins 9, Ali Golden 8, Faith Elrod 3.

3-Point goals: Cascade (3): Skuce 2, Edmondson; Huntland (2): Golden 2.

Halftime score: Cascade 25, Huntland 21.

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