Lions and Lionettes Split Games Against York Institute

The way that the Cannon County Lionettes lost to Smith County last Friday took some of the confidence out of the Woodbury team.  It was evident on the floor Tuesday night as the Lionettes traveled to Alvin C. York Institute.  Even though the Lionettes got the win by 10, 62-52 against the 2-9 Dragonettes, York stayed with them for two quarters going into halftime tied 20-20.  The Lionettes weren’t their usual selves as they had a high turnover rate and passed up taking open shots.  In the second half Kelli Davis stepped up for the Lionettes and after having to fill in for Erin Mc Reynolds at point guard after McReynolds fouled out hit 8 of 10 from the free throw line to help the Lionettes bring in the 10 point win.  Davis finished with a team high 20 points while Kendra Maynard was another key factor in the final period as she scored 7 of her 13 points in the frame.  The game was not only highlighted by the turnovers but also by the number of fouls called on both sides.  In addition to McReynolds, Autumn King also fouled out of the game with 7 points.  Kristin Hale netted 10 for the Lionettes as they move their overall record to 9-2 and District record to 2-2. The Lionettes will travel to Soddy Daisy High School for the first round of the Rhea County Holiday Hoops Tournament.  The team will play Ooltewah Thursday night.  The Lady Owls are 4-8.  Game time will be at 5:00 CST, 6:00 EST
17 lead changes and 9 ties signify a wire to wire basketball game.  And it was exactly that as the York Institute Dragons boys team slid by Cannon County 70-67 in overtime.  Just like the girls game, the boys game was called very tightly.  In fact Cannon had three of their starters foul out of the game while York had two players foul out.  The Lions didn’t give up in the fight as they forced overtime as Garrett McReynolds hit two free throws to get the Lions to the extra stanza before fouling out of the game.  Turnovers in overtime hurt the Lions but Cannon had a chance to force a second overtime.  After A.J Daniel hit a desperation 3 with time running out and the Lions down by 6, Cannon called a timeout before the buzzer sounded.  The officials put 5-10ths of a second back on the clock.  York’s halfcourt long inbound throw resulted in the ball going out of bounds without touching anyone so that error meant that Cannon would inbound underneath their own basket down by 3. After throwing it in to Briar Jakes who had to backpedal and catch it while throwing it up for a prayer before the buzzer sounded, Jakes missed the highly difficult shot giving Cannon their first district loss.  Jacob Nave fouled out of the game in the 4th but lead the team with 17 while Josh Ruehlan added 14.  Marshall McReynolds also fouled out with 11 points and Austin Martin and AJ Daniel were one foul shy themselves of finding themselves fouled out.  The Lions now are 8-3 overall 2-1 in district play
They will now play in the Rhea County Holiday Hoops Tournament Thursday night as they draw a tough first round assignment in the 5-4 Soddy Daisy Trojans.  Game time will be at 8:00 CST/9:00 EST at Soddy Daisy High School.