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Viqueens’ huge 1st half downs Cascade

By RICKEY CLARDY ~ Sports Writer
Posted 1/31/23

UNIONVILLE — The Community Viqueens connected on their first five shots from the field to take a commanding lead and the Viqueens never looked back as Community defeated the Cascade Lady …

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Viqueens’ huge 1st half downs Cascade


UNIONVILLE — The Community Viqueens connected on their first five shots from the field to take a commanding lead and the Viqueens never looked back as Community defeated the Cascade Lady Champions 84-46 in an intra-county and District 7-AA basketball contest Friday night.
With M.J. Simmons scoring 16 first-quarter points and Zoey Dixon adding seven, Community (18-5, 4-0) was clicking not only around the basket, but also outside the arc as the Viqueens connected on three treys. 
Laina Carter scored four points for Cascade (1-19, 0-3) as the Viqueens took a 29-10 lead after one quarter.
Carter connected on two treys for the Lady Champs in the second quarter, but it was not enough to stop the hot Viqueen shooting. 
Anna Haskins scored seven points and Haley Mitchell added six as the Viqueens continued to connect from the outside with five treys. 
Community took a 51-21 lead into the intermission.
"We came out with a lot of energy and we shot the ball well," Viqueen coach Cody Pierce. 
"Our press was working early and a lot of good stuff happened early in the game."
"We defended well. Just a great start and a great finish tonight," Pierce added.
Dixon and Simmons each added six points as the Viqueens kept up the pressure in the third quarter. 
Sophie Ray and Kaydence Miller each scored five points for the Lady Champs as Cascade had its most productive quarter with 13 points, but Community added to its lead with 23 points and took a 74-34 lead to the final quarter.
Suzanna Crews led the Lady Champions with five points in the quarter as reserves saw a big chunk of the action.
Cascade outscored the Viqueens 12-10 as Community stayed unbeaten in the district.
Simmons led all scorers with 26 points as three Viqueens reached double figures. 
Dixon finished with 15 points while Mitchell had 12. 
Carter led the Lady Champions with 13 points while Ray added 12.
The Lady Champs reached double figures in each quarter, which was a positive for Coach Janie Demonbreum.
"That's a positive for us, because we have struggled scoring," Demonbreum said. "I'm asking girls to score that have never been asked to score before."
"I'm super proud of Laina Carter," Demonbreum added. "Laina Carter has come an extremely long way as far as her ability to score."
The Viqueens finished 8-of-10 at the free throw line while the Lady Champs were 13-of-19. 
Community had with a decided advantage from 3-point land as the Viqueens finished with 12 treys while the Lady Champions connected on five.
"A lot of players got involved and shot with confidence," Pierce said. 
"That's what we want, especially when we get to the postseason."
"We want everybody on the court to be a threat and we showed we can be a threat tonight," Pierce added.
Community entertains Harpeth while Cascade plays host to Huntland on Tuesday night in non-district contests. 
Both games begin at 6 p.m.                                                                           
Cascade        10  11  13  12 — 46
Community    29  22  23  10 — 84
Cascade: Laina Carter 13, Sophie Ray 12, Isabella Rhodes 6, Kaegan Young 5, Kaydence Miller 5, Suzanna Crews 5, Hailey Giel, Kaydence Bynum, Avery Villapania, Anna Clanton, Sarah Floyd.
Community: M.J. Simmons 26, Zoey Dixon 15, Haley Mitchell 12, Addison Brothers 6, Shelby Cawthon, Anna Haskins 9, Jacey Collier 6, Stevie Dickenson 3, Izzy Martinez 3, Jayla Mangrum 2, Raegan Haley 2, Annie Prince.
3-Point goals: Cascade (5): Carter 2, Rhodes, Miller, Crews; Community (12): Mitchell 4, Dixon 3, Haskins 2, Brothers 2, Dickenson.
Halftime score: Community 51, Cascade 21.