For The Cannon Courier
The Cannon County Lionettes finished a busy week back home Friday night at Robert A Harris Gymnasium against the Smith County Lady Owls. After a heartbreaking loss the previous night to Central Magnet, the Lionettes responded positively in the first quarter jumping out to a 15-9 lead against the team from Carthage.
Autumn King put a stamp on the quarter scoring 9 of her 16 points. Then King got whistled for her third foul in the second quarter and the Lady Owls used the time that she sat out of the
game to their advantage in mounting a comeback and taking the lead. The Lionettes were only able to score 3 points total in the quarter and didn't have a second quarter point until Maleah Scott hit one of two free throws with 2:02 left before heading to the locker room. Haylee Mooneyham scored the lone field goal of the quarter hitting a short shot before the buzzer.
Nevertheless Cannon was only down 6 24-18 at half. Smith County kept the six point cushion in the third quarter. Cannon made a run to cut it close in the final minutes of the game. The Lionettes forced the Lady Owls to win it at the free throw line. Although the Lady Owls missed two front ends of 1 and 1 trip to the line, the Lady Owls were able to rebound both misses and turn them into points. Smith County stretched out the lead to seven and won by nine 46-37. Autumn King led the Lionettes with 16.
Maleah Scott finished with 10. Cannon's record falls 10-14 overall and 4-6 district 8-AA going into Tuesday's game against York Institute.
Smith County 46
Cannon County 37
Smith County: Beasley 15, Hix-14, Gregory-10, Moore-3, West-2, Shoulders-2, Spivey-1
Cannon County: King-16, Scott-10, Mooneyham-5, Walkup-4, Knox-2
Cannon: FG: 16-47 3PT:4-18 FT:2-5
Smith: FG:16-44 3PT:4-17 FT: 11-23
Briar Jakes set the tone for the boys contest between the two teams. After getting the opening tip Jakes went down the floor and hit a three point shot to draw first blood for the Lions. Jakes would then force a couple of Smith County turnovers and turn them into points in transition
scoring 9 of his team's high 20 points as Cannon led at the end of the first quarter 18-12.
Smith County kept hanging around in the game though and the game turned in the fourth quarter. Cannon ended the third quarter ahead 49-46 but Smith came out and limited the Lions to only 3 points in the fourth quarter winning 55-52.
The Lions had an opportunity to tie the game but missed the game tying three point attempt at the buzzer. Austin Duggin finished with 11 points in the contest. Cannon's record falls to
6-18 overall and 0-10 in District 8-AA play.
Smith County 55
Cannon County 52
Smith: Shepperson-17,Huff-13, Hayden-12, King-8, Smith 4
Cannon: Jakes-20, Duggin-11, Martin-6, Knox-4, Fann-4, Parrish-3, Miles-2, Bryson-2
Cannon: FG:20-40 3PT:9-16 FT:2-6
Smith:FG 22-46, 3PT 4-10 FT:6-7
Before March Madness you have to have February Fever. Basketball fans will get their fix this week with games on the Grammar School and High School Level Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
The end of the season Grammar School Basket-ball tournament began Monday. Semifinals will take place Thursday. Consolation and Champ-ionship Games will be played Saturday. All games will take place at Robert A Harris Gymnasium at Cannon County High School.
Tuesday the Cannon County Lions and Lionettes take the long road trip to Jamestown for a District 8-AA showdown against York Institute. Thursday the high school teams travel to Spencer for a set of contests vs Van Buren County. This is a makeup date from the original meeting of January 21st when it was postponed because of the weather. Friday Upperman High School brings their ranked teams into Woodbury at Robert A Harris Gymnasium
set for February 6
The Cannon County Football team will be holding a fundraiser Saturday, February 6 starting at 4. Chili Supper will be held during the championship and consolation games of the County Grammar School Tournament.
Coming off the win against Macon County Tuesday, the Cannon County Lionettes were excited about the opportunity to take their district record above .500. Thursday the 4-4 Lionettes made the short road trip to Murfreesboro to meet Central Magnet. Central already had a win against Cannon by 13 in the previous meeting between the two teams in Woodbury
back in December. The Lionettes set the tone early in Murfreesboro as Autumn King and Maleah Scott each scored 6 points in the first quarter as Cannon jumped out to a 14-5 lead. Cannon would extend the lead by 12 over Central at halftime. The second half started out the same as the first half did. The Lionettes maintained a lead of up to 17 points before Central Magnet went on their run. Central trimmed the lead down to 13 at the end of the third stanza. Central's leading scorer Becca Stockton who had been relatively quiet most of the game turned it up a notch and put the Lionettes back on their heels. Stockton scored 9 points in the fourth quarter including what would be the game winning free throws. With the game tied up at 46 points each, the Lionettes fouled Stockton as she was going for a layup. Stockton knocked down both free throws to give the Lady Tigers the lead with 3 seconds left. Cannon had an opportunity for a last second shot. Autumn King drove down the court and lofted a contested three at the buzzer which fell short giving Central the win.
King finished with 19 points including a perfect 7-7 at the free throw line. King also had 8 blocked shots in the paint. Maleah Scott was the leading point getter for Cannon with 20.
Central Magnet 48
Cannon County 46
Central: Stockton-14, Faulk-9, Carter-7, Smith-6, White-4, Dyer-4, Cariaso-2, Anderson-2
Cannon County: Scott-20, King-19, Knox-3, Mooneyham-2, Walkup-2
Central FG: 17-53. 3PT: 1-10, FT:13-24
Cannon: FG 17-51, 3PT:1-13. FT:11-14
The Cannon County Lions continued to search for its first district win of the entire season and the first overall win of 2016 when they met Central Magnet in Murfreesboro Thursday night. The game started out with a 10-0 run by Central, but Cannon answered it with 10 unanswered points to tie it at the end of the quarter. Central got things cranked up with another run but the Lions once again answered to tie it at half at 21 up. The third quarter haunted the Lions yet again as Central turned it up a notch.
Central's Jordan Reynolds found his rhythm and scored 7 points in the quarter and the Tigers opened up a 12 point lead. The Lions would make another run behind Briar Jakes who scored 9 points in the final frame.
The Lions couldn't get any closer than 6 however and lost by a score of 58-52. Jakes led all scorers with 18 points.
Central Magnet 58
Cannon County 52
Central: Reynolds-14, Burchfield-13, Carver-9, Murray-5, Gregory-4, Yoders-4, Blair-4, McGowan-2
Cannon: Jakes-18, Martin-13, Miles-8, Fann-4, Knox-2, Bryson-2, George-2
Cannon: FG: 16-47 3PT: 5-20 FT: 15-20
Central: FG: 24-45 3PT: 5-25 FT: 5-10
Sporting a roster of only six players, the Macon County Lady Tigers gave the Cannon County Lionettes basketball team a big challenge before the Lionettes were able to sneak out of Lafayette Tuesday night with a win 45-39.
This was the second meeting of the two teams and the rosters between the games were noticeably different. Macon surprised the Lionettes getting out to a 6 point advantage to start the game but Cannon fought back with Autumn King scoring 5 of her 8 points in the first quarter to trim the Macon lead 10-7.
The Lady Tigers kept the pace going leading at half 18-13. The Lionettes stayed in the game and took over the third quarter as Samantha Gaither hit a go ahead 3 pointer and Cannon finished the quarter on top 27-25.
The Lionettes had Macon County on the ropes when their top two scoring leaders Lyndsey Belton and Kynda Bullington each had four fouls going into the fourth quarter.
"Macon did a good job protecting Belton, keeping her from fouling out of the game" Lionette head coach Jonathan Odom said.
Belton scored 8 points in the final frame to keep her team in it. Macon County was forced to foul the Lionettes in the closing minutes of the game. Cannon County responded by knocking down 8 out of 16 free throws during the entire quarter. Maleah Scott led all scorers with 10 points.
Cannon County 45
Macon County 39
Cannon: Scott-10, King-8, Mooneyham-8, Gaither-7, Walkup-6, Knox-6 Macon: Belton-15, Bullington-10, Goolsby-5, Russell-5, Brooks-4
Cannon- FG:15-38 3PT:4-13, FT: 13-24
Macon FG:14-50, 3PT:4-23, FT: 5-11
So far this season, the most frustrating thing of the Cannon County Lions basketball season has been their inability to put together a solid third quarter.
Against Macon County in Lafayette, Tuesday night the most frustrating thing had to be only winning the third quarter.
Macon County was aggressive from the tip off as they jumped out to a 17-9 first quarter
lead. The lead grew as Tigers wingman Tyler Carlisle hit a zone shooting a perfect five for five from the field and his 14 points in the quarter gave Macon a 18 point lead at half 42-24.
Macon would jump out of halftime with a 20 point lead but the Lions then started making their run. Briar Jakes found his zone and scored 10 points to lead the potential comeback. Austin Duggin also scored 7 points in the quarter. The Lions were able to trim the lead down to seven mostly because Anton Knox became aggressive in grabbing defensive boards and playing solid defense in the post.
Macon County closed out the game however extending the 7 point lead and winning it by 11, 76-65. The Lions finished with three players in double figures. Jakes contributed 22 as the leading scorer. Duggin added 12 and Austin Martin finished with 14.
Macon County 76
Cannon County 65
Macon County: T. Carlisle-19, McPherson-17, S. Carlisle-15, Carnahan-10, Ashburn-6, King-4, Welch-3, Phillips-2
Cannon County: Jakes-22, Martin-14, Duggin 12, Parrish-6, Miles-4, Knox-3,
Cannon County FG: 25-52, 3PT: 8-28 FT: 7-9
Macon County FG: 27-57 3PT: 7-15 FT: 16-20