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UPDATE: The Lionettes won round 1 of the regional tournament 65-38 over Bledsoe County.

The Cannon Courier

The Cannon County basketball teams were hoping to compete for a District 8AA title this week as both teams made it to the championship games last week.

However, a massive winter storm hit the Volunteer State this week, and after several postponements, the title and consolations games were cancelled on Saturday in Cookeville. Now, the Lions and Lionettes are preparing for the Region 4AA tournament this week with first round games at home.

"It was the Putnam County Director of Schools decision," CCHS boys basketball head coach Matt Rigsby said. "All of the coaches in the district said they were going to be able to get their kids there, but the Cookeville high school parking lot was an issue regarding ice. Safety first, and we completely under-stand that. We wanted to play and everybody was ready to play."

The boys' basketball team is well rested after only playing one game in the past couple of weeks, a 45-43 win over Smith County in the District semifinals on Feb. 14. The Lions were supposed to play Livingston Academy in the finals, but Mother Nature won out this week. Now, it is time for the region tournament, which opens Tuesday at 6 p.m. against Signal Mountain, the District 7AA fourth place team with an 11-14, 7-3 record.

The Eagles have also had a long layoff as their District tournament fin-ished up last Saturday with a 51-45 loss to Chattanooga Christian in the consulation game. Even though, SMHS has a losing record, the CCHS knows the importance of the game since it is win or go home.

"It is win or go home," Rigsby said. "A good part about this is we get to play at home. We are honored to be able to host the opposing team versus having to go on the road. The home team advantages is definitely important. It is refreshing to play an opponent."

The Lions come into the tournament on a 12-game winning streak with a 25-5, 14-1 record as they hope to continue their historic season starting on Tuesday.

As for the Lionettes, they were hoping for a District 8AA title game matchup against Murfreesboro Central Magnet and their Heisman High School candidate Claudia Smith. However, after a week of waiting, both teams lost out to Mother Nature.

Now, CCHS is getting ready for Bledsoe County, tonight at 7 p.m. at home. Currently, the Lionettes are 21-9,8-8, and they are coming off a narrow 50-49 upset win over Livingston Academy on Feb. 14, while the Lady Warriors are 19-13, 5-5, the third place team from District 7AA. They are coming off a 64-36 win over Chattanooga Christian on Feb. 14.

Even though, the district tournament did not finish up, because of bad weather. Both CCHS teams have now moved on the region tournament with both teams playing first round games at home this week. A win sends them to the semifinals, which will be played on Wednesday in Dunlap at Sequatchie County High School. The finals are the following day also at SCHS with the two finalists from each region earning automatic bids.

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