(T-G Photo by Chris Siers)
It stood to reason that having already played in a pair of games this week, the Lady Champs might be a little fatigued and struggle with another slow start on Friday night against Eagleville.
Instead, the Lady Champs took an early control against the Lady Eagles and secured a 56-36 win to remain atop the district standings.
"We had two tough games at the beginning of the week and the girls seemed like they were a little tired. We came out and had a great start, early," said Cascade coach Chad Spencer.
The Lady Champs (14-6, 9-1 9-A) burst out of the gates and posted 19 points in the first quarter, getting a huge leg up from Haley Edmondson, Andrea Pigg, Karly Grissom, and Haylee Simpson.
Grissom, Edmondson, and Pigg each accounted for four points in the first frame, while Simspon netted five--including a 3-pointer.
Cascade continued to pull away from Eagleville in the second with a pair of big 3's coming from senior sharpshooter Elora Skuce. Skuce opened and closed the quarter with shots from the perimeter to help put Cascade in charge 29-19 heading to the break.
But while Spencer was pleased with his team's performance on the offensive end of the floor, he felt that it wasn't one of the team's best defensive efforts of the year.
"It's not at the level that it's been--but a lot of that has to do with some people being sick," Spencer said.
Even though the Lady Champs didn't deliver their best defensive performance, they were still able to limit Eagleville to 17 points in the second half while adding another 27 to secure the 20-point margin of victory.
In the second half, Eagleville spent its fair share of time at the charity stripe, but only was able to connect on 6-of-10 tries.
"We fouled a lot tonight, but we were able to play through it because we're so deep. We're one of the deeper teams in the district and that was in our favor this evening," Spencer said.
While Cascade saw its typical game-leading performance from Edmondson, who banked 14 points in the victory, fellow senior Haylee Simpson stepped up and saw several shots fall.
"She (Simpson) can shoot the three and it's great that you have a post player that can step out on the perimeter because that creates mismatches. But what I was most pleased with was she had several rebounds and put backs," Spencer said.
"That's just guts, hustle and effort."
In addition to the two seniors hitting double figures, Cascade put seven additional players in the scoring column.
Eagleville also saw seven players score points for their offensive efforts, but wasn't able to put any in double digits.
Nicole Duke led the Lady Eagles with eight points, while Michelle Johnson and Kristen Barnes added seven apiece.
Cascade hits the road on Tuesday for another district contest at Fayetteville with the opening tip-off scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
Eagleville 13 6 8 9 -- 36
Cascade 19 10 16 11 -- 56
Eagleville (36): Nichole Duke 8, Michelle Johnson 7, Kristen Barnes 7, Taylor Turnage 6, Allie Burns 5, Chelsie Scott 2, Hannah Cron 1.
Cascade (56): Haley Edmondson 14, Haylee Simpson 12, Karly Grissom 9, Elora Skuce 8, Jessica Ervin 6, Andrea Pigg 4, Alyssa Hoover 1, Juli Jones 1, Maya Gaston 1.
3-Point goals: Cascade (4): Skuce 2, Edmondson, Simpson; Eagleville (3): Johnson, Burns, Turnage.
Halftime score: Cascade 29, Eagleville 19.