By TONY STINNETT, Courier Sports Editor
Cannon County had to focus on itself during games against Warren County and Central Magnet upon its return from two holiday tournament.
The Lionettes roared to two wins last week, hammering Warren County, 67-26, and following it up with a 69-41 plastering of District 8-AA foe Central.
“The defensive effort against Central was outstanding,” Lionettes Head Coach Michael Dodgen said. “We had to go (to Murfreesboro) and have a solid game against a quality district opponent and we were able to do that. I’m proud of how the girls took care of business. We just have to build on this win and continue to get better.”
Cannon County kept alive its hopes for a District 8-AA regualar-season title with the win against Central Magnet. The Lionettes (19-2, 4-1) remained one-half game behind leader Smith County (5-0), while dealing Central Magnet (10-4, 4-2) its second league setback.
Abbey Sissom led the way with 29 points against Central. The senior phenom and MTSU signee was 12-of-18 from the field, including five 3-pointers. She also had four assists and three steals.
Macy Clements added 11 points and nine rebounds. She was the only other player in double figures.
Rebekah Faulkner and Madison Walkup were also outstanding with eight points each. Walkup had six rebounds and five assists. Faulkner continued her strong work on the boards with six rebounds and three blocks.
The Lionettes were equally strong in a non-district tilt at Warren Co.
Sissom and Faulkner led the way with 14 points each. Clements, Kristen Hale and Walkup each scored six, Kendra Maynard and Kaylee Hayes added five, followed by Autumn King (4), Taylor Warren (3) Kelli Davis (2), and Erin McReynolds (2).
The Lionettes put the game out of reach early after jumping out to a 18-2 lead after the first quarter. Cannon County knocked down seven of its first 14 shots while limiting the Lady Pioneers to a 1-of-9 shooting effort in the opening frame.
They stretched the lead to 36-13 by halftime and coasted to the one-sided victory.
“We have been coming out ready to play and setting a good tone from the beginning,” Walkup said. “Our defense was good and that allows us to get going and create some offense. We played well as a team and the result was good.”
The Lionettes play host to Livingston Academy Tuesday and travel to Macon County Friday.