By JUSTIN BEASLEY, Courier Sports Writer
LAFAYETTE- A balanced Cannon County offense led to a 24-point scoring spree in the third quarter to propel the Lionettes over the Tigers 70-44 in Macon County Tuesday.
Up 37-32 early in the third period, Kendra Maynard hit back-to-back 3s from the right wing, her most "comfortable spot" to shoot from, as the Lionettes went on a 19-3 run.
"I was proud of the way the kids responded. We knocked down some shots, especially there in the third quarter," head coach Michael Dodgen said.
"They went to a triangle-and-two to try and stop Kelli (Davis) and Kristen (Hale), and Kendra Maynard knocked down some big shots there."
Maynard led all Lionettes (8-1, 1-1) with 17 points. Kelli Davis scored 16 points after shooting a perfect 6-of-6 from the free throw line in the second quarter. Kristen Hale also added 10.
"I just felt like I wasn't hitting outside shots, so I just tried to drive and get to the rim, and then they were fouling so I had to knock down free throws," Kelli Davis said.
"To come on the road and do what we did from the free throw line was good for us," Dodgen said.
Hale scored eight of her 10 points in the first quarter as the Lionettes led by as much as 13 following a Hale trey in the closing minute.
Trailing 5-0 in the opening minutes of the first period, the Lionettes gained their first lead at 6-5 after a pair of Hale free throws and never gave the lead back.
Cannon County's largest lead came with 3:03 remaining the fourth after Haylee Mooneyham converted two free throws to push the lead to 66-40.
Cannon County 21 11 24 14 70
Macon County 09 18 10 07 44
Cannon County: Kendra Maynard 17, Erin McReynolds 8, Kristen Hale 10, Autumn King 8, Kelli Davis 16, Haylee Mooneyham 7, Kaylee Hayes 2, Maleah Scott 2.
Central Magnet: Marisa Owens 3, Paige Clark 3, Reese Shrum 3, Briley Driver 8, Leah Anderson 9, Luci Allen 2, Lyndsey Belton 6, Kyndall Bullington 8, Kinsley Green 2.
Cannon County falls at home
First leaves CC chasing from behind
MANCHESTER - Smith County outscored Cannon County 23-14 in the first quarter to give the Lions their first home loss of the season on Friday by the score of 70-67.
Kelli Davis led the Lionettes (8-2, 1-2) in scoring with 23. Autumn King added 15 points. King finished the game 7-of-9 from the field shooting.
Although trailing by nine after the first stanza, the Lions cut the lead to two points going into the half down 35-33.
But Smith County's Callie Hackett scored 21 of her 32 points in the second half and it proved to be just enough for the Owls' edge over the Lions.
Smith County finished the game 17-of-21 from the charity stripe. A total of 12 points came from the hands of Hackett at the free throw line, including a perfect 6-of-6 in the final quarter.
Only five players scored for the Lions with no points coming from the bench.
Up Next: The Lionettes look to rebound from Friday's loss with a road game at York Institute on Tuesday.
Smith County 23 12 20 15 70
Cannon County 14 19 14 20 67
Smith County: Abbi Gregory 7, Erin Beasley 12, Callie Hackett 32, Bri Melton 6, Shelby Hix 13.
Cannon County: Kendra Maynard 11, Erin McReynolds 9, Kristen Hale 9, Autumn King 15, Kelli Davis 23.