Lady Champs charge past Fayetteville in second half
After a week layoff since their last game, the Cascade Lady Champions looked a little rusty in the first half against visiting Fayetteville on Friday night.
In the second half, however, Cascade looked in prime form.
Using the momentum shift in the second half, Cascade (3-14, 1-3) coasted to a 44-27 District 8-A win over the Lady Tigers.
Tale of two halves
“In the first half you could tell both teams hadn’t had any activity for a week because of the snow. We did what we needed to do in the first half to keep it close and take the lead. In the second half, it was like a light switch flicked on and we were a totally different team,” Lady Champion coach Rece Chumley said.
Fayetteville (5-13, 0-4) took the early 5-0 lead following a 3-pointer by Kevondria Carr.
Cascade rallied and closed the quarter with an 11-9 lead after Carmen Ray drilled a 3-pointer of her own.
Cascade continued to create extra possessions off turnovers with its traps, but struggled to convert those possessions into points on the board.
Still, Cascade hung onto an 18-13 halftime lead.
On getting his team ready for Friday night’s district contest, Chumley said it’s not always easy coming back after an extended period of time off.
“It’s always tough. We can’t really get in here and practice because nobody can get out, but Fayetteville is in the same boat,” he said.
Handing it over
Still, Cascade continued to force Lady Tiger turnovers and was able to find a little more consistency on the offensive end of the floor in the second half.
Keeley Sutton took an inbounds pass on the first possession of the second half straight to the rim for a layup and began a Lady Champion 9-0 run to begin the half.
Cascade was so dominant on the offensive end of the floor that Fayetteville didn’t attempt a field goal attempt until the 5:02 mark of the third period.
Though Fayetteville scored a pair of back-to-back baskets to cut Cascade’s lead to nine points, Ray came through again on the final score of the quarter on a backdoor layup on an assist from Grace Jackson to put Cascade up 31-23 by the end of the quarter.
Cascade continued to pour on the defensive pressure and opened the quarter with another triple by Jackson off a Lady Tiger turnover.
Cascade’s Ally Murdock also came through in the quarter and scored six points off Fayetteville turnovers as well.
Fayetteville did get a late boost in the fourth quarter from Destiny Rhea.
Rhea connected on a 3-pointer and followed with a steal and a layup on the ensuing possession.
She also came up with two free throws.
Jackson’s 14 points led all scorers, while Sutton added nine for Cascade.
Kevondria Carr scored 13 to pace the Lady Tigers.
Friday night’s win snaps a string of six losses by the Lady Champions and gives Cascade its first league win of the season.
Chumley hopes the momentum from Friday night will carry over into two road games next week at Cornersville and Moore County.
“Hopefully we can carry it over. We’ll just have to wait and see. Hopefully the girls got some confidence and will start to believe. We did a lot of good things tonight,” he said.
Fayetteville 9 4 7 7 — 27
Cascade 11 7 13 13 — 44
Fayetteville: Kevondria Carr 13, Destiny Rhea 7, Carley Andrews 6, Hannah Litaker 1.
Cascade: Grace Jackson 14, Keeley Sutton 9, Ally Murdock 8, Carmen Ray 5, Delaney Vaught 4, Haleigh Crouch 2, Corrie McAnally 2.
3-Point goals: Cascade (6): Jackson 4, Sutton, Ray; Fayetteville (3): Carr 2, Rhea.
Halftime score: Cascade 18, Fayetteville 13.