Lady Yoe battle against Franklin, Lexington

Franklin

By the time the first quarter of Friday’s 20-3A contest between Cameron and Franklin came to an end, the outcome was well in hand.  The Lions, which had only lost one other district game to number three Academy, were up on the Lady Yoe 42-8 after eight minutes of play.

 

Despite the overwhelming deficit, the ladies continued to battle all the way through in a 81-40 loss. 

 

Franklin (10-1) could not miss from the field in the 42-point first quarter.  Half of those points came from guard Jessie Medcalf, whose sharpshooting skills were fully on display from the opening tip. 

 

“Franklin shot lights out to begin with,” said Lady Yoe coach Corey Cunningham.  “That is not to undermine how good of a team that they are.  We couldn't handle the press in the beginning, and the early turnovers hurt us.”

 

Medcalf, who is just a sophomore, finished with seven 3-point shots and 34 points.  “She is probably my hardest worker on my team.  My other kids know that.  I am glad to see her have that kind of night.  The goals must have been real large for her tonight.”
 

The Lady Lions went on a 21-0 scoring run to open the game before Marquazia Workman hit a pair of free throws to get Cameron on the board. 

 

Newcomer Ashanti Brooks, a call up from the JV, also scored on two free throws to move the game to 37-6.

 

“We brought her up and I asked her if she would give us a 100 percent and I think she delivered in that,” said Cunningham.  “We tried her in some different defensive situations and I think she rose to the occasion.”
 

Cameron hung even with Franklin in the second, as the scoring was all knotted up at 11 apiece.  The balanced scoring was due in large part to second chance points off of nine offensive rebounds. 

 

“I am so proud of them,” added Cunningham on the effort on the boards.  “I told them that after the game.  You can handle it one of two ways, and they fought back.”

 

Lauryn Leftwich had a big third period with seven points, including one 3-point shot.  Leftwich finished with nine, which was tied with Terryn Adams for the lead lead.  Adams also had three offensive rebounds.  Workman had eight points and four rebounds.

 

Lexington

 

For over two quarters of play, it looked as if Cameron was heading toward a two-game winning streak, as the Lady Yoe were playing exceptional defense and had a 13-point lead.  However, that is when Lexington's press defense forced 10 turnovers in the fourth, helping the Lady Eagles escape from Yoe Gym with a 45-41 win.

 

“I thought in the first half and at the beginning of the third we were playing really good defense,” said Cunningham.  “We held them to 13 points at half and began the third on a 7-0 run.  The defense is what got us the lead.”

 

Adams, who finished with 10 points, tried to ignite a late comeback with a layup to bring Cameron to within six at 46-40 with 2:18 left.  Cameron would only score one final point from that point on. 

 

“We controlled the ball well in the first half and gave ourself second chance opportunities, but we didn't do that in the second half,” said Cunningham.

 

Cameron held a 19-13 lead at the half and built that to 26-13 before Lexington slowly closed the gap to 32-29 after three. 

 

Lexington shot just 3-15 from the floor in the first two periods, but the second half saw a sharp jump to 8-15.  Madison Stefek scored Lexington’s first points in the third with a 3-pointer to end Cameron’s momentum.  Stefek continued to hit shots the rest of the game, finishing with 15. 

 

Workman got the ladies out of a 0-8 shooting rut in the first half with a bucket inside.  That was followed up by Zabrian Sowders 3 to put Cameron up 17-11.  Sowders hit another 3 during the 7-0 run in the third.  The senior finished with eight points.

 

Workman had 11 points, Leftwich had 9 and Brooks came in with 6.  Keana Clemons tied Stefek for Lexington’s team lead in points at 15. 

 

Other district results: Academy 72 Hearne 30; Jarrell 65 Rogers 52; Franklin 60 Rockdale 43.

 

20-3A Standings: 1. Academy (12-0); 2. Franklin (11-1); 3. Jarrell (8-4); 4. Rogers (7-5); 5. Rockdale (4-8); 6. Cameron Yoe (2-10); 6. Hearne (2-10); 6. Lexington (2-10).