A senior-laden Tullahoma squad with considerable size and length gave the Cascade Lady Champions (1-1) fits in their home opener as the Lady Wildcats (1-0) were able to score early and often in the …
A senior-laden Tullahoma squad with considerable size and length gave the Cascade Lady Champions (1-1) fits in their home opener as the Lady Wildcats (1-0) were able to score early and often in the 68-42 win over Cascade.
“Tullahoma is long. With them being long, we had to extend the floor a lot more. Some of the people who were getting open shots on Tuesday night didn’t get an open shot at all. We were having to take it into them and get them in foul trouble because we knew we were going to have to make this a foul shot game,” Lady Champion coach Janie Demonbreum said.
Tullahoma utilized an effective pressure defense that hindered Cascade’s ability to work an open shot in the half-court.
Tullahoma burst out of the gates and built an 18-6 lead by the end of the first frame. That lead ballooned to 24 points by halftime.
With Cascade struggling to get open shots from the floor, the tactics switched to driving at Tullahoma in an attempt to draw the foul and get to the line.
The scheme worked with Cascade cashing in on 25-of-34 attempts at the charity stripe.
Kaegan Young was the driving force in drawing the Lady Wildcat fouls.
Young posted a game-high 18 points and connected on 12-of-15 free throw attempts.
“She has the composure. She knows how to control a ball game. She’s so young, we have to build her up. She had 18 tonight and nine on Tuesday—she’s stepping up big to us,” Demonbreum said.
In total, 10 Lady Wildcats scored, with three reaching double figures.
“That’s a 3A team. They’re tough. Their guards have the ability to make moves that not many can. They’re also a big senior group. I think they have five and I don’t have any,” Demonbreum said.
The Lady Champs were led by Young’s 18, with Sophie Ray posting seven more points as well.
Though the final score looked like a lop-sided affair, Demonbreum still saw plenty of positives to build around in the second outing of the season.
“When I’m looking at it, a positive for me is we played tough. We didn’t back down. We didn’t give up,” she said.
Cascade returns home against Eagleville on Tuesday evening.
Tullahoma 18 21 20 9 — 68
Cascade 6 9 11 16 — 42
Tullahoma: Elanor Fults 13, Lily Melton 11, Morgan Carr 11, Nyjah Gibbs 7, Alivia Bowen 7, McLayne Bobo 7, Lucy Nutt 5, Aubrey North 3, Alaisha Bowen 2, Bailee Buchanan 2.
Cascade: Kaegan Young 18, Sophie Ray 7, Abreille Presley 5, Annabelle Calvert 4, Kaydence Miller 3, Suzanna Crews 2, Laina Carter 2, Kaydence Bynum.
3-Point goals: Tullahoma (9): Carr 3, Fults 2, Bobo, Bowen, North, Melton; Cascade (1): Presley.
Halftime score: Tullahoma 39, Cascade 15.
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