Lionettes Rally For 10th Win, Lions Cruise Over Coffee
Saturday, December 19, 2009 1:33 am.
The Lionettes brought a 9-0 record into the game, against a team that they had beaten easily just a few weeks before.
Coffee opened the game with a 3-point basket, and it took the Lionettes 3:30 minutes before they took the lead, 4-3. The Lady Raiders scored the next 7 points leading 10-4 at the 3:00 mark. Cannon scored the next 4 points and with Lauren Ruehlen’s sixth point of the quarter, closed to within two, 10-8.
The Lionettes couldn’t find the bottom of the basket in the second quarter going 0-7 from the field. This allowed the Lady Raiders to pull out to a 10 point lead at the half.
The second half saw the Cannon team that everyone had expected to see from the beginning. The Lionettes scored the first 7 points, cutting the lead to 23-20 at the 6:20 mark. Coffee answered with a 3-point basket, but with Ruehlen adding another 5, Cannon found themselves trailing by only 1 at the end of the third, 28-27.
Cannon continued to increase the defensive pressure on the Lady Raiders, forcing 10 turnovers in the fourth quarter. Cannon’s Emily Sissom had been held to 3 points through three quarters, but finally found the range in the fourth scoring 14 of her team-high 17 points.
The Lionettes took their second lead of the game at the 6:20 mark in the fourth and never looked back taking a 47-39 win over Coffee County to improve their record to 10-0, 2-0 district.
**Emily Sissom 17 points; Lauren Ruehlen 12; Lindsey Reed 5; Ashley Campbell 4; Erica Melton 4; Taylor King 4; Shelby Jordan 1.
The Lions entered the game without their starting point guard, Justin Davenport, who was sitting out the game with a mild concussion, as well as T.J. Mitchell, who was out with the flu.
Cannon started the game with an 11-3 run behind the scoring of Andrew Woodin. Coffee ended the last 3:30 of the quarter with 6 points to cut the lead to 11-9.
The Lions answered with an 11-2 run to start the second quarter. Colin Jones led the charge with two 3’s and Jared Nave ended the quarter with a 2-point basket putting the Lion lead at 29-20 at the half.
Jones continued firing from outside in the third hitting two more 3’s, and Woodin dropped in another 4 giving Cannon a 41-24 lead at the 3:30 mark. Nave ended the quarter hitting 3 foul shots extending the Cannon lead to 44-30.
The Lions had their best quarter of the night in the fourth, scoring 19 points. Brian Cripps scored the first 5 points to make the lead 49-30 at the 6:10 mark, and with Ethan Womack’s 3-point basket the Lions had a 17 point lead with 5- minutes remaining in the game.
Cannon cruised to a 63-45 win over the Raiders. The Lions’ record now stands at 7-3, 1-1 district.
**Colin Jones 16 points; Andrew Woodin 13; Brian Cripps 9; Jared Nave 9; Ethan Womack 5; Brad Hutchins 4; Cody Ruehlen 3; Ethan Bryson 2; Brad Hutchins 2