Lionettes Denied Trip To State Tournament

Lionettes Denied Trip To State Tournament

Cannon County's Taylor King dribbles down court with a trio of McMinn Central players in pursuit during Sectionals action Saturday night.
One of the best seasons in the history of Cannon County girls basketball came to a disappointing conclusion Saturday night as the Lionettes lost in the Sectionals at Robert A. Harris Gymnasium.

McMinn Central rallied in the fourth quarter to defeat Cannon County 62-54 and advance to the TSSAA Girls State Tournament in Murfreesboro next week.

Taylor King scored 15 points and Emily Sissom added 12 for the Lionettes in the loss, as Cannon County ended the season with a 27-5 record.

Turnovers plagued the Lionettes in the loss to the Chargerettes, who were ranked No. 1 in the state entering post-season action. Cannon County turned the ball over 15 times during the contest, including 12 in the second half and 10 in the third quarter.

The Lionettes fell behind 17-11 at the end of the first quarter and trailed most of the second before rallying to tie to game at the half, 33-all.

McMinn County grabbed the upper hand again early in the third, but the Lionettes rebounded to grab at 44-39 lead heading into the final stanza.

Cold shooting proved to be the downfall of the Lionettes in the fourth quarter, as they were held to 10 points while the Chargerettes put 23 on the scoreboard.

Madison Lee led McMinn Central with 20 points (28-1).

Taylor King 15 points, 6 rebounds; Emily Sissom 12; Lindsey Reed 9; Chesley Payne 7; Ashley Campbell 5 points, 8 rebounds; Erica Melton 5; Shelby Jordan 1