Lionettes roll past Macon County in district opener

Lionettes roll past Macon County in district opener

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Lionettes roll past Macon County in district opener

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Welcome to District 8-AA, Macon County.

The anticipated first meeting between Cannon County and district newcomer Macon County — state tournament teams two of the last three years — was a runaway for the hosts Tuesday night at Robert A. Harris Gymnasium.

A 33-10 run over 11 minutes and across three quarters turned a five-point lead into a 65-29 victory for the Lionettes in the league opener for both teams.

“We kind of realized that we can’t blow this lead,” said Abby Sissom, who dropped in five of her six 3-pointers for 15 of her game-high 24 points during the run.

“We realized with a team like that it could be dangerous if we let them get close enough. I think we just kind of buckled down and stepped up our defense a little bit.”

Macon County (1-4, 0-1) stayed in the game until the run began at 22-17 by hitting 8-of-10 free throws. Cannon County (8-0, 1-0) helped by shooting 3-of-7 with four turnovers in the first six minutes of the second quarter.

During the 11:49 run, the Lionettes shot 12-of-20 from the field, 3-of-4 from the line and turned the ball over three times. The run began with Kristen Hale’s only 3 of the night and ended with Sissom’s sixth.

“We bring a girl off the bench (Hale) and she hits the first 3 over in the corner and that kind of sparked us a bit,” Cannon County coach Michael Dodgen said.

“We always talk about it in the locker room that somebody’s got to step up and make a big play in every game, and we did that tonight.”

The Cannon County starters played 26:28 of the game, shot 21-of-42 from the field, turned 16 defensive rebounds into 14 points, eight offensive boards into six points and 18 Macon County turnovers into 17 points.

“We thought every rebound counted and we didn’t want to give up anything and let them get putbacks and come back and beat us,” said Rebekah Faulkner, who had six of the defensive boards, which led to 12 Lionette points.

“This is a good game for us to win.

“It sends out a message that we’re better than what people think we are.”

“Not fifth place,” Sissom added of the undefeated Lionettes, a preseason pick to finish fifth in 8-AA.

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