Lionettes, Lions Smash Smith County

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Justin Davenport puts up a jump shot against Smith County Tuesday night. Davenport scored 20 points to lead the Lions to a 63-32 victory. (Photo by Casey Hindman)
Cannon County's basketball teams rolled to easy wins Tuesday night over District 8-AA opponent Smith County.

The undefeated Lionettes started the night off with a bang, holding Smith County scoreless in the first quarter while putting 19 points on the board. Cannon County extended the lead to 38-4 at the half.

The No. 4-ranked Lionettes continued to dominate in the second half, leading 54-16 at the end of three before securing their 15th victory of the season, 63-28.

SCORING: Emily Sissom 17 points; Erica Melton 12; Ashley Campbell 9; Taylor King 7; Lauren Ruehlen 5; Chelsey Payne 4; Shelby Jordan 3; Ashley Basham 2; Lindsey Reed 2; JoAnna Young 2.

The final margin in the boys' contest was nearing identical, as the Lions raced out to a 16-4 advantage after one period. Cannon County extended its lead to 29-14 at intermission and then turned things up a notch in the third, outscoring the Owls 19-8 to lead 48-22 entering the final quarter.

The Lions also won the scoring battle in the fourth period, 15-10, to secure a 63-32 triumph. The win upped the Lions' record to 11-4.

SCORING: Justin Davenport 20 points; Cody Ruehlen 9; Jared Nave 8; Brian Cripps 6; Brad Hutchins 6; Colin Jones 3; Ethan Womack 3; Justin Tobin 3; Andrew Woodin 2; Terry Koen 2; Jarrett Melton 1.

Cannon County’s teams will be in action again Friday night when they hit the road for encounters with DeKalb County. Saturday night they will return home to face Upperman for games that were rescheduled due to last week’s inclement weather. They are also at home Jan. 19 against Bledsoe County.
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