Cannon County girls lose 8-AA crown in OT

Cannon County girls lose 8-AA crown in OT

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Cannon County girls lose 8-AA crown in OT

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COOKEVILLE

Abbey Sissom missed a long 3-pointer with 28 seconds left in the overtime session that would have tied the contest, then Livingston Academy closed with five quick points to seal the deal as the Lady Wildcats won the District 8-AA girls championship 52-45 Monday night at Cookeville High School.

It was the first victory for Livingston Academy (26-6) against the Lionettes this season, and LA coach Lesley Riddle wasn’t sure about Monday’s game either.

Sissom missed a layup just before time expired in regulation that could have won the game outright.

“She normally doesn’t miss that shot,” Riddle said. “We’re fortunate the game ended as it did, because these girls were all tired.”

CCHS coach Michael Dodgen added, “It was a really good high school game. The fans got their money’s worth because it was two really good teams that battled with each other tooth and nail. They took our strengths away and we did somewhat of a good job taking their strengths away. I’m proud of our kids.”

It was a contest where no lead was safe. Cannon County went on a 14-0 run to take a 19-11 lead midway through the second quarter, but Livingston stormed back and the two teams swapped leads several times.

“We battled,” said Dodgen. “We got up, then they came back.”

Free throws gave CCHS a great opportunity as Madison Walkup and Sissom each drained their charity tosses to carry the Lionettes to a 41-39 lead with 1:24 left.

“Madison had a great game for us and really stepped up,” Dodgen said. “She used her athletic ability to get in to the rim and she hit some clutch free throws, especially when she was fouled on a 3-point shot.”

Marlee Sells, the tournament’s most valuable player, tied the game at 41 with a short jumper with 28 ticks left in regulation, and that’s where the game stood as it went to overtime.

In the extra session, Livingston Academy outscored CCHS 11-4.

For the Lionettes (25-5), Walkup scored a team-high 18, while Sissom scored 12. Walkup, Sissom and Abby Jakes were named to the all-tournament team.

Cannon County will play the No. 3 team from the District 7-AA tournament in Woodbury as the Region 4-AA tournament opens on Friday.

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