The Cannon County Grammar School basketball teams returned from the Thanksgiving holiday to face a regular season league game on Thursday, December 3 heading into next week's countywide Cancer Tournament at Woodbury Grammar. The Cannon Courier continued their tour of the six local schools and watched WGS host Short Mountain.
It was the second game of the week for the Cubs as they faced non-conference rival, DeKalb County on Monday, November 30. The Lady Cubs won, while the Cubs lost in an important game for both teams.
Fast forward three nights as the two area squads squared off again before the Cancer Tourney. In the girls' game, the Lady Cubs defense held the Lady Bears offense in check during the first 12 minutes allowing two points to take a 24-2 advantage at the half.
"It was really good, and we played smart," Lady Cub post player Abbye Moore said after the win. "Our press has been doing better since our previous games."
The Lady Cubs put their sixth graders at the beginning of the second half and inserted the starters later in the final half. The Lady Bears showed a never quit attitude fighting back to make it respectable with WGS winning 31-19.
"It was really big for us as a team," Moore said. "Coming out of this week with two wins has been a big confidence boost."
The Lady Cubs were led by Moore with seven points. Eight different players scored for the victors. The Lady Bears were led by Lexie Deese with 10 points.
"I always enjoy it when you can spread the scoring around, everybody likes to score, and we got some of our younger players involved, too. That is always a positive, and it builds for the future," WGS girls' co-head coach Felicia Walkup said.
As for the boys game, although tied at 10 after the opening half, the Cubs broke it open in the third thanks, in part, to three long distance bombs by Jacob Brock. The Cubs defense allowed just three Bear points making the score 24-13 after three quarters. WGS finally pulled away for the 33-21 win.
Brock led all scorers with 16, while SMGS was led by Briar Blackman and Jordan Timmons with six points.
"I am just proud of them, because they did all they could do," Brock said after the win. "We put it out on the floor to win."
This week, all six CCGS schools will take part in the single elimination Cancer Tourney at WGS on Monday, December 7, 10 and 12. The first round matchups for the girls will include number 3 Westside (3-2) against number 6 SMS (0-5) at 4:30 p.m. on December 7 with the winner facing number 2 Auburntown (4-1) on December 10 in the semifinals. Number 4 WGS (2-3) faces number 5 Eastside (1-4) at 7 p.m. with the winner facing number. 1 Woodland (5-0) also on December 10. The finals will be Saturday, December 12 at 7 p.m.
The boy's bracket is number 3 Woodland (3-2) facing number 6 Eastside (0-5) at 5:45 on Monday, December 7 with the winner facing number 2 WGS (4-1) on Thursday, December 10. The other side has number 4 Short Mountain (2-3) taking on number 5 Auburntown (1-4) at 8:15 on Monday, December 7 with the winner going against number 1 Westside (5-0) on December 10. The boy's title game will be played on Saturday, December 12 at 8:15 p.m.