Lionettes earn championship spot
Monday, February 18, 2013 1:45 pm
By TONY STINNETT/ Courier Sports Editor
Ashley Wright finished with 24 points and kept York in the game, particularly in the first half. Cannon County led 24-20 at intermission.
"York is a good basketball and with seven seniors their experience is starting to show," Cannon County Head Coach Michael Dodgen said. "Ashley Wright is a four-year starter and she is a strong kid that plays hard."
Cannon County pulled away in the third quarter with a 15-7 blitz that opened a 39-27 advantage. Jordan Hollis, Abby Jakes, Rebekah Faulkner and Sissom had backbreaking baskets during the run. Madison Walkup kept the run going with a steal and layup to start the fourth quarter and Sissom's back-to-back 3-pointers sealed the deal.
Hollis finished with nine points. Jakes added seven and Faulkner tallied six.
Cannon County's post players didn't have an offensive breakout but their defense was paramount, particularly on the boards. Ashley Basham, Emily Pemberton, Rebekah Faulkner and Arianna Kailiponi were able to control the boards against a York team that dominated the offensive glass in dealing Cannon County an overtime loss in the last meeting.
"The effort on defense was outstanding and we controlled the boards," Dodgen said. "We had too against a team like that. It was one of our goals and we did a good job in that area, which was key."
York was just 14-of-49 from the field, including 3-of-14 from 3-point range. It was a stark contrast from a night earlier when the Dragonettes scored the nets from long range in eliminating Smith County.
"We knew who their shooters were and we did a good job getting out and covering them up," Hollis said. "Coach said we had to lock