Sissom's 21 Powers Lionettes Into Classic Finals

Courier Sports Report

SANDESTIN, Fla. - Senior standout Emily Sissom poured in 21 points and Cannon County knocked off previously undefeated Ponce De Leon (Fla.), 61-55, to reach the championship of the Sandestin Beach Basketball Classic Wednesday.

The Lionettes improved to 14-1 and won their eighth straight to reach the championship game.

Sissom's 21 points included five 3-pointers and she also added five rebounds. Sissom was six-of-six from the free-throw line in the game's final 65 seconds to seal the hard-fought win. Taylor King scored 12 points, added five rebounds and three assists to help key the win.

The team win also included strong contributions from Chelsey Payne (nine points, eight rebounds), Abbey Sissom (nine points, three assists) and Abby Jakes (eight points, four assists).

"It was a really good game against a well-coached, physical basketball team," Cannon County County Michael Dodgen said. "Overall it was a good team effort against a quality basketball team and it was a good test. In our district I would compare Ponce De Leon to Livingston Academy. It is the type of team we will face later in district play. We found another way to win. We came here to win the tournament and we have a chance to do that."

Cannon County shot 37 percent (20-of-54) and made more 3-pointers (13) than 2-point field goals (7), but relied on timely defense and limited mistakes to secure the win.