(T-G Photo by Chris Siers)
Cascade just had too many of both for the Fayetteville Lady Tigers to run toe-to-toe with the District 9-A leaders for a full four quarters on Tuesday night.
While it was a close contest early, the Lady Champs (15-6, 10-1 9-A) quickly escalated things out of control and steamrolled Fayetteville (2-16, 1-10 9-A) in a 52-29 district win.
"We weren't real fired up to start the ball game. Their little point guard is athletic as anybody in our district. She was making some things happen in transition and we had to make some adjustments," said Cascade coach Chad Spencer.
Points were a rare commodity in the opening frame, with the Lady Champs staring down a 6-0 deficit to start the quarter.
Cascade eventually got on the board when senior Karly Grissom drilled a triple from the wing.
While Fayetteville charged ahead on the back of Jasmine Parks and Trevah Thompson, Cascade closed the quarter on a 5-0 run to knot the game at 10 apiece.
Despite offense being a struggle in the first quarter, Elora Skuce struck with two more 3-pointers to revive the Lady Champion offense.
"Elora hit some shots to get us going and once we calmed down and got in the flow, we made them play our pace of the game," Spencer said.
While Cascade was able to add 16 more to the cause, Fayetteville could only muster up a single point from Parks in the second quarter.
Following the lopsided second quarter, the game was never close again. Cascade outscored Fayetteville 26-18 in the second half to secure the district win.
While Cascade was able to spread out the attack and put seven players in the scoring column, senior Haley Edmondson once again posted a game-high point total.
"Haley is playing great right now. She's elevated her game to the next level. That's really helped us with as well as we've been playing. When your point guard is not having very many turnovers--if any--that just ignites your team," Spencer said.
The Lady Champion senior was the only player for either team to reach double figures with 20 points.
Skuce added nine more for Cascade, all of which came from range.
A depleted Fayetteville roster, however, saw five players score, but couldn't muster up much of a run at the Lady Champs.
The win maintains Cascade's grip as the District 9-A leader, improving the Lady Champs to 10-1 against district opponents.
"I told them, 'Now you've got a target on your back. Everybody's gunning for you. You're going to take everybody's best shot and you've got to be prepared for it,'" Spencer said.
Cascade will have a chance to avenge it' lone district loss in the 2012-2013 season on Friday as the Forrest Lady Rockets visit the Stable for a 6 p.m. tip-off.
Cascade 10 16 15 11 -- 52
Fayetteville 10 1 9 9 -- 29
Cascade: Haley Edmondson 20, Elora Skuce 9, Andra Pigg 7, Kelsey Parker 7, Jessica Ervin 4, Karly Grissom 3, Haylee Simpson 2.
Fayetteville: Trevah Thompson 9, Paeshence Thompson 6, Jasmine Parks 6, Lily Gurley 5, Tamia Baker 3.
3-Point goals: Cascade (7): Skuce 3, Edmondson 2, Pigg, Grissom; Fayetteville (2): Baker, Thompson.
Halftime score: Cascade 26, Fayetteville 11.