By JUSTIN BEASLEY, Courier Sports Writer
Tuesday's 63-33 home win over district foe DeKalb County gave Cannon County its 40th straight win over the Tigers.
The Lionette attack began early in the contest, as Cannon County led 12-2 after the opening quarter.
"When you're in a border rivalry game, anything can happen. We've won a lot of games in a row over DeKalb County," head coach Michael Dodgen said. "They come in with a focus and they want to try to beat you and try to end the streak."
The Lionettes' run continued into the second stanza as Cannon County put together an 11-4 run, and inflated its lead to 32-13 at the end of the half behind eight second quarter points from Kendra Maynard.
Maynard finished with 16 points on 5-of-12 shooting. Kelli Davis tallied 15 points.
Defensively, Cannon County (16-5, 3-4) held DeKalb to 28 percent shooting (14-of-50), including nine turnovers in the opening quarter and one made basket.
"I thought defensively we were probably as good and as focused as we've been in a couple of weeks," Dodgen said. "I thought we played four solid quarters. (We) got after it."
"We got to start climbing back into the middle of this race and getting back to where we need to be."
DeKalb 02 11 10 10 33
Cannon County 12 21 17 14 63
DeKalb: Jailyn Bolding 8, Maggie Knowles 11, Ashli Chew 9, Loren Cripps 5.
Cannon County: Kendra Maynard 16, Erin McReynolds 8, Kristen Hale 9, Autumn King 8, Kelli Davis 15, Kaylee Hayes 3, Samantha Gaither 2, Kaylee Hayes 2, Maleah Scott 2.
Tigers sweep Lionettes
Lionettes lose 5th district contest
Ola Obi is arguably the best all-around player that District 8-AA has to offer.
She showed why Friday night for the second time against Cannon County this season.
Behind Obi's 25 points, Central Magnet swept the Lionettes on the season with a 66-48 win at Cannon County.
"Central Magnet came in here with their back to the wall losing two straight in district (play) and they played that way," head coach Michael Dodgen said.
A slow start doomed the Lionettes (16-6, 3-5), falling behind 10-1 into the first four minutes, and trailing by as much as 16-3 in the opening quarter.
"We got to quit digging holes," Dodgen said of the sluggish first quarter.
After a 3-pointer from Kaylee Hayes, Cannon County pulled to within five points with a 19-14 deficit, the closest the Lionettes could cut down the lead the entire game.
Up a dozen at the half, Central Magnet would add to its lead with a 10-2 run to open the second half. Obi finished with nine of the 17 Tiger points in the third quarter.
Three Lionettes scored in double figures with Kendra Maynard leading the way with 14 points. Autumn King added 12 and Erin McReynolds accounted for 10.
19 14 17 16 66
09 12 12 15 48
Central Magnet: Sophie Fielder 8, Jaci Sullivan 3, Ola Obi 25, Claudia Smith 19, Becca Stockton 9, Catherine Faulk 2.
Cannon County: Kendra Maynard 14, Erin McReynolds 10, Kristen Hale 6, Autumn King 12, Kelli Davis 3, Kaylee Hayes 3.
Abbey Sissom breaks through for career-high 17
Starts next game for Blue Raiders
Former Cannon County standout and current Middle Tennessee fresh-man Abbey Sissom scored a career-high 17 points off the bench for the Blue Raiders in their 77-75 home overtime loss to Southern Miss Thursday.
In 28 minutes of play, she made 6-of-11 shots from the field, including 5-of-10 from three-point range.
Sissom connected on two treys as part of the Blue Raiders' 12-0 run to give the team a 54-35 advantage.
Sissom would earn her first career start as a Blue Raider the next game versus Louisiana Tech.