One of the first stars during Dodgen's tenure as the Lionettes basketball coach was Sissom. She comes from a family, who has enjoyed a lot of success in Cannon County in the sporting arena.
"It is a really big honor," Sissom said. "I was complete surprised when I found out, and I am really appreciative. I thank so much Cannon County and the people who have supported me throughout my career, and the people who went through my career with me. I could not have done it without any of them."
One of the special moments during her career at Cannon County was getting the chance to play on the same team with her younger sister, Abbey, and enjoying a lot of success on the basketball court with her; including the program's first trip since the 1989 championship, to the state tournament in 2010. Emily's success also continued on the softball diamond as the program advanced to the region tournament for the only time in school history.
"It made my high school career so much better," Sissom said. "Still to this day, my favorite basketball moment is going to the state tournament and getting to play in Murphy Center. The support of the community and them coming together, I loved playing during that. The softball team really did not get a lot of recognition until we made that region tournament. It was really an awesome experience, and playing sports really made my high school career so much better."
Both of them earned college basketball scholarships, Emily just graduated from Union University last week, while Abbey just finished up her freshman year at MTSU. During her time at Union, the success continued on the basketball court. Their parents Suzette and Gaylon coached this year's softball team to one game away from making it back to the Region Tournament for the first time since Emily played there.