Champs stop Tullahoma

Sunday, November 23, 2014
Junior Dacota Newcomb flies through defensive traffic and goes up strong, drawing the foul in the process. He led all scorers on Friday night with 14 points. (T-G Photo by Chris Siers)

Make it a 4-0 start to the season for the Cascade Champions.

On Friday night, the Champs marked their fourth win to start the 2014-2015 season, knocking off the Tullahoma Wildcats 64-49.

Cascade utilized perhaps its best half of the year thus far in the first two quarters and opened up the game early on.

"We did a lot of things well offensively. It was one of those games it was hard to get in a rhythm. We kind of got out of sync at times," said Cascade coach Mike Edmondson.

Newcomb's night

Though Cascade posted a 25-point lead by halftime, Edmondson says it was a struggle for his team to settle into its wanted rhythm.

While the game settled into a breakneck pace in the first half, Cascade rallied around junior Dacota Newcomb, who led the team with 10 points in the first 16 minutes.

"I thought Dacota ran the floor well. It was probably the best game he ever played. He came out and took some good shots and played hard. That's what we need out of him every night," Edmondson said.

Newcomb led all scorers with 14 points in the Cascade victory.

While Cascade eventually took control in the later minutes of the second quarter, the game's momentum screeched to a halt in the third frame.

Stuck in neutral

"It seemed like the score stayed the same forever. We were making some mistakes and they weren't able to cash in on it," Edmondson said.

Both teams struggled on the offensive end of the floor in the third frame, with the two squads combining for just seven points with 3:35 left in the third.

Despite the third-quarter woes, both teams rebounded in the fourth and hit double figures in the final eight minutes of play.

Guards do it

Edmondson credited his team's ability to hold off the Wildcats with Cascade's ability to crash the boards and often limit Tullahoma to single-shot chances.

"They were shooting a lot of 3s, so they had a lot of opportunities to get the long rebounds. Our guards are doing a good job," Edmondson said.

Tullahoma matched Cascade from the perimeter and hit four 3's, three of which came in the first half.

Scoring

In addition to Newcomb's game-high 14 points, Austin Gentry and James Lattimore both reached double figures, with Gentry netting 13 and Lattimore adding 10.

The Champions saw nine players find their way into the scoring column in the victory.

Though Tullahoma put 11 players in the scorer's book, Jake Crabtree was the lone Wildcat to hit double figures, leading the visitors with 11 points.

Cascade also showed its efficiency from the line, cashing in on 10 of 13 attempts.

Good trends

Through the first four games of the year, the Champion coach is pleased with the way his team is trending, especially after graduating four senior starters a year ago.

And Edmondson attributes his team's success to the senior leadership from a year ago.

"They really are selfless. They don't really care who scores. I attribute that to last year's group. I think they have picked up on what those guys did last year," he said.

Growing program

"It's a very positive thing to see that keep growing in the program. We're getting there. We're not quite as big, but we can do some things. We're excited."

Cascade will continue its tour of Class 3A teams on Tuesday, with a trip scheduled to Franklin County.

"To be 4-0 at this point, that's pretty good. Franklin County on Tuesday night will be a tough test. It would be nice to go into Thanksgiving on the upside," he said.

Tip-off is set for 7:30 on Tuesday.

Tullahoma 15 12 7 15 -- 49

Cascade 22 20 9 13 -- 64

Tullahoma: Jake Crabtree 11, Zack Lovvorn 9, Aaron Toxbent 6, Emanual Williams 6, Brandon Johnson 3, Luke Mitchell 3, Alex Williams 3, Cody Stephens 3, Zane Wilkerson 2, Nick Barstad 2, Chase Willis 1.

Cascade: Dacota Newcomb 14, Austin Gentry 13, James Lattimore 10, Hayden Edmondson 7, Lane Simpson 6, Grant Snell 6, Tyler Huff 4, Marky Gilmore 2, Seth Gardner 2.

3-Point goals: Cascade (4): Gentry 2, Edmondson, Snell; Tullahoma (4): Crabtree 2, Williams, Lovvorn.

Halftime score: Cascade 42, Tullahoma 27.