Cannon girls headed to Girl's State
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 3:42 pm
UPDATE: The Lionettes defeated Sequoyah 62-60 to head back to Girl's State. Cannon County faces Martin Luther King at 5:15 p.m. Thursday at MTSU's Murphy Center.
By DAVID HUNTER, The Cannon Courier
The Cannon County girls basketball team is one win away from advancing back to the TSSAA Class AA State Tournament, but they've got to beat either Sequoyah or McMinn Central at Robert A. Harris Gymnasium tonight (Wednesday) in front of the home fans. The Lionettes are in the middle of a magical run through the postseason.
Coming into the district tournament a couple of weeks ago, hardly anybody gave CCHS a chance considering they finished the regular season at 19-9, 6-8 and they earned the No. 5 seed. In order to advance back to state, the Lionettes would have to run through the same district rivals, which beat them handily during the regular season.
After the District 8AA tournament finals were cancelled, because of winter weather on Feb. 21. It was time for the Region 4AA tournament, which started a couple of days later at home against Bledsoe County.
The Lionettes jumped out to an 18-3 advantage during the first quarter, which included a trey by Kellie Davis and a coast-to-coast layup by senior Erin McReynolds. The Lady Warriors were held without a field goal in the first quarter until less than minute left. CCHS took control after the opening quarter, and it rolled to an easy 65-38 victory to stay alive in the postseason. CCHS head coach Michael Dodgen was able to rest his starters after the third quarter.
"It was all about teamwork," Davis said after the win. "We all moved the ball well and we looked for each other for the most open shot we could get."
Once again, MCMS dominated CCHS during the regular season, but the Lionettes once again got its revenge when it counted the most with a 50-45 win over the Lady Tigers.
"We have been pretty lucky," Dodgen said of the magical run during the past two weeks. "Just to be able to play the way we have played over the last two weeks, these kids have a lot of fight in them and go get em in them. It has been an unbelievable experience and ride over the last two weeks. We still got one more to go to get the ultimate dream of every kid and coaches position in high school basketball."