BAXTER — The 2009-2010 basketball regular season has been memorable in many ways for Cannon County High's hoop teams, but the ending Monday night was one both the Lionettes and Lions would rather forget.
With a chance to claim sole possession of first place in District 8-AA on the line, the Lionettes fell to the Lady Bees 49-41.
The Lionettes fell behind 10-6 at the end of the opening stanza and trailed 28-18 at halftime.
Cannon County held Upperman to only three points in the third quarter while scoring 10 to pull within three, 31-28, entering the final quarter. However, the Lady Bees had the upper hand in the fourth, outscoring the Lionettes 18-13.
The loss dropped the Cannon County girls to 23-3 for the regular season and 8-2 in the district. Upperman and Livingston Academy also finished with 8-2 district records.
SCORING: Emily Sissom 12, Taylor King 11, Chelsey Payne 9, Erica Melton 6, Lauren Ruehlen 2, Ashley Campbell 1
Despite a strong second half, the Lions ended the regular season with a 16-10 overall mark and 3-7 district record after falling to the Bees 60-59.
Upperman led 16-8 after the first quarter and 30-20 at the half. Cannon County pulled to within eight, 45-37, entering the final period, but were only able to come to within one although outscoring the Bees 22-15 in the fourth.
SCORING: Justin Davenport 16, Andrew Woodin 12, Colin Jones 8, Jared Nave 8, Cody Ruehlen 8, Ethan Womack 7
Both Cannon County teams move on the the District 8-AA tournament, which begins later this week at Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville. The Lions play Thursday at 7:00 vs. DeKalb County and Lionettes play Friday at 6:30.
District 8-AA Tournament Pairings
Girls — No. 3 Upperman vs. No. 6 Smith Co., 6 p.m.
Boys — No. 3 York Institute vs. No. 6 Smith Co., 7:30 p.m.
Girls — No. 4 York Institute vs. No. 5 DeKalb Co., 6 p.m.
Boys — No. 4 DeKalb Co. vs. No. 5 Cannon Co., 7:30 p.m.
Girls — No. 2 Livingston Academy vs. Upperman-Smith Co. winner, 3:30 p.m.
No. 1 Cannon Co. vs. York Institute-DeKalb Co. winner, 6:30 p.m.
Boys — No. 2 Upperman vs. York-Smith Co. winner, 5 p.m.
No. 1 Livingston Academy vs. DeKalb-Cannon Co. winner, 8 p.m.