Cannon County earned the No. 3 seed in the upcoming District 8-AA Tournament by holding off a stubborn Smith County team, 53-49, at Robert A. Harris Gymnasium Friday (Feb. 10).
Leading 51-49 with less than 30 seconds remaining, Jordan Hollis came away with a huge hustle play that resulted in a steal and then dished the ball ahead to senior Lindsey Reed, who finished the layup and preserved victory on “Senior Night.”
The win enabled Cannon County (23-6, 7-5) to earn the No. 3 seed in the District 8-AA Tournament. The Lionettes will face DeKalb County in the first-round of the tournament at White County High School Wednesday at 6 p.m.
“I’m proud of our kids tonight,” Lionettes Head Coach Michael Dodgen said. “That’s a scary five seed. We had to take care of our business to stay out of that 4/5 game. It would not shock me if Smith County made it to the region and won a couple of games, especially if they shoot the way they did tonight. It was a good win for our girls on ‘Senior Night.’”
Lionette seniors Reed and Joanna Young were honored following the game. They made their presence known throughout it. Young finished with nine points and three steals and Reed had seven points, nine steals and four assists.
Sophomore Abbey Sissom had another strong outing. She scored a game-high 23 points on 8-of-14 shooting, including 5-of-10 from 3-point range. She was 5-of-6 from the field in the second half, including 3-of-3 from 3-point range in the pivotal fourth quarter.
Scrappy Smith County, which was led by Chelsea Bell’s 18 and 14 from Tricia Smith, gave Cannon County all it wanted. The Lady Owls took a 34-32 lead with under a minute remaining, but Ashley Basham’s short jumper enabled the Lionettes to pull even, 34-34, going into the fourth quarter.
Sissom, who has been clutch all season, came up big once again in the fourth quarter. Her long 3-pointer with 3:47 remaining provided a 43-39 lead and her 25-foot- trey with 2:27 to play extended the lead to 48-43.
“That’s what first-team, all-district players do,” Dodgen said. “They make those shots, carry their team and they lead. Abbey does all those things, but she does them in a silent type of way.”