By TONY STINNETT
Courier Sports Editor
SPENCER - Abbey Sissom and Madison Walkup combined for 46 points and Cannon County rolled to a 78-32 win against Sale Creek here Friday.
The Lionettes (4-0) followed that win with a 71-33 triumph against host Van Buren County.
Sissom and Walkup sparked the Lionettes early against Sale Creek. Sissom finished with 26 points on 8-of-12 shooting, including 3-of-5 from 3-point range. Walkup added 20 points on 6-of-8 shooting, including 3-of-4 from 3-point range.
“I think everyone that has played has done a good job,” Lionettes Head Coach Michael Dodgen said. “I think this team has a little different mentality going in to each game.”
Focus was clearly evident as the Lionettes pounced on the Sale Creek early and never let up. The Lionettes led 32-7 after the first quarter. They stretched the advantage to 74-32 by the end of the third quarter.
Kellie Davis scored 10 points, Autumn King added nine points, three rebounds and two blocks, Rebekah Faulkner finished with six steals, five rebounds and two blocks and Macy Clements had five points, two assists and two rebounds.
Cannon County closed the day with a 71-33 win against Van Buren County as Abbey Sissom led the way with 20 points, six assists and six steals.
Faulkner finished with 10 points, Erin McReynolds added nine and Walkup added eight points, six rebounds and three steals for a balanced Lionette attack.
The Lionettes vaulted to a 20-4 first-quarter lead and were never tested.
“Early in the year you worry about conditioning but we played well in four games this week,” Dodgen said. “A good thing for us is that we were able to play a lot of players and different combinations and they all did some things well. We just have to keep getting better but these girls work hard and they will continue to improve.”
Cannon County held the Golden Eagles to seven field goals through the first three quarters with smothering defense. They also controlled the boards and didn’t allow second-shot opportunities.
Cannon County will return to action when they play host to Coffee County at Robert A. Harris Gymnasium Thursday (Nov. 21).