No. 3 Lionettes roll in key District 8-AA matchup with Central Magnet

No. 3 Lionettes roll in key District 8-AA matchup with Central Magnet


No. 3 Lionettes roll in key District 8-AA matchup with Central Magnet



It started out as a a fiercely-contested battle between two of the top teams in District 8-AA, but Abbey Sissom and Cannon County’s defense quickly turned it into a blowout.

The Lionettes defeated Central Magnet 69-41 Tuesday night. Sissom scored 29 points, including 24 in the first half, and Cannon County forced Central into 15 first-half turnovers as they pulled away to take control.

Cannon County (19-3, 4-1 District 8-AA) entered the game ranked No. 3 in the state, while Central Magnet (9-4, 3-2 8-AA) was “receiving votes” in the first Associated Press Class AA high school girls basketball poll of the season that was released Monday.

The teams exchanged baskets to start the game, and there were seven lead changes in the early going. Then Cannon went on a 23-4 run and Central never recovered.

Sissom, an MTSU signee, scored 10 points in the run, including two 3-pointers. She had five 3-pointers in the game and was 12-of-19 from the field.

“When you’re a two-time Miss Basketball finalist, that’s what you’re supposed to do,” Cannon County coach Michael Dodgen said. “She doesn’t get a lot of the credit she deserves, just because everyone expects it.

“She had a great ballgame, especially in the first half. She passes the ball extremely well, too.”

In addition to Sissom’s scoring barrage, she also dished out assists to Rebecca Faulkner and Madison Walkup on consecutive possessions for layups.

The Lady Tigers were overwhelmed by Cannon County’s defensive pressure, especially in the backcourt, and the Lionettes took advantage of turnovers to get layup opportunities.

“We did a good job defensively as a team,” Dodgen said. “With our full court and our pressure defense, it led to a lot of easy baskets.”

When the 23-4 run ended, the Lady Tigers found themselves down 30-12. Cannon County increased the lead to 20 at 38-18 before Central got it back down to 15 by the end of the half at 45-30.

“We didn’t keep pace with them,” Central coach Steve Willey said. “We got lax in our press break. We’re better than that.”

A 14-0 run in the third quarter upped Cannon’s lead to 29 and 62-33.

Claudia Smith led the Lady Tigers with 19 points.

Cannon County boys 76, Central Magnet 30: The 10th-ranked Lions (18-3, 5-0 District 8-AA) remained atop 8-AA with a win at Central Magnet (1-12, 0-5 8-AA).

Cory Henley scored 23 to lead the Lions. The Tigers were led in scoring by Wes Duffield (12).

Cannon County girls 69, Central Magnet 41

CCHS- 21 24 17 7 – 69

CMS- 12 18 5 6 – 41

Cannon – Abbey Sissom 29, Macy Clements 11, Walkup 9, Faulker 8, Warren 5, King 4, E. Sissom 2, Maynard 1. Central – Claudia Smith 19, Faulk 9, Fielder 5, Kile 4, White 2, Brown 2.

Cannon County boys 76, Central Magnet 30

Cannon Co. 21 33 12 10 — 76

Central Magnet 8 9 5 8 — 30

Cannon Co. – Cory Henley 23, A.J. Daniel 10, Jacob Nave 10, Larson 9, Mitchell 7, Ruehlen 7, Bryson 3, M. McReynolds 2, G. McReynolds 2, Martin 2, Jakes 1. Central Magnet – Wes Duffield 12, McCrary 7, Gregory 5, Bartolotto 2, Murry 2.


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