Lionettes Rally For 10th Win, Lions Cruise Over Coffee

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Cannon County's Andrew Woodin eyes the bucket for a shot attempt against Coffee County Friday.
The Cannon County Lions and Lionettes traveled to Coffee County Friday night, December 18, to take on the Raiders and Lady Raiders.

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
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