HAMPSHIRE — Eight months after falling by one-point to eventual state champion Clay County, the Cascade Champions began their 2021-2022 campaign firing on all cylinders.
Twelve different Champions penciled their name in the scoring column in Tuesday’s season-opener at Hampshire and Cascade rolled to a 69-19 victory.
Senior Justis Carter led the way, scoring a game-high 29 points, including 23 in the first half.
He was also a perfect 6-of-6 at the free throw line as well.
Cascade opened with a hot start out of the gates, cruising to a 24-7 advantage after the first frame.
The Champs piled on another 20 points in the second frame courtesy of five different scorers.
Hampshire relied on the efforts of Cameryn Bass, who led the hosts with a team-high 12 points, all of which came in the first half.
Able to work the entirety of the bench throughout the game, Cascade added 11 more points in the third frame before closing the game on an 8-3 run in the fourth quarter
Isaac McElroy also reached double figures for Cascade and scored 10 points, including a pair of 3-pointers.
Saebyn Burris and Thomas Gentry added six and five points, respectively, while Chance Brown and Jackson Davis added four apiece.
Carter also added 12 rebounds to complete his double-double effort.
Cascade will be back in action on its home court for the home opener on Thursday, hosting Cannon County at 7:30 p.m.
Cascade 24 20 11 8 — 69
Hampshire 7 9 0 3 — 19
Cascade: Justis Carter 29, Isaac McElroy 10, Saebyn Burris 6, Thomas Gentry 5, Chance Brown 4, Jackson Davis 4, Lucas Clanton 3, Nick Harris 2, Zach Crosslin 2, Jayden Little 2, Caden Hammonds, Tucker McGee.
Hampshire: Cameryn Bass 12, Jed Page 2, Peyton Morton 2, Payden Seamon 2, Tucker Ford.
3-Point goals: Cascade (3): McElroy 2, Gentry; Hampshire (1): Bass.
Halftime score: Cascade 44, Hampshire 16.