Cannon County's basketball teams swept the Middle Tennessee Christian School Cougars Monday night, with the girls winning 49-32 and the boys 49-44.
The girls game was close throughout the first half. MTCS' Rosie Davis was fouled at the buzzer and one of two free throws to pull the Lady Cougars within 18-16 at the half.
In the third quarter, the Lady Cougars went nearly seven minutes without a point and the Lionettes grabbed a 34-18 lead en route to the win.
Taylor Meeks, a Bryan College signee led Cannon County with 20 points. Sydney Cooper had 12 points for the Lady Cougars.
"The credit goes to MTCS. They were the more aggressive and physical team in the first half," Lionettes coach Jonathan Odom said. " I challenged my team at halftime and we played better in the second half."
"Taylor Meeks earned her scholarship on her outside shot but her ability to get to loose balls and get in transition helps us."
"The assists and defense and getting to loose balls are more important. We are hoping to get further than the district this year," Cannon County Meeks added.
"We just need to be mentally tougher," MTCS coach Hillary Hodges said. "We are playing with freshman and sophomores out there against five seniors. We just need to get better every day."
Cannon County improved to 6-1 and MTCS fell to 2-2.
Cannon County 49 MTCS 32
Cannon County (49): Taylor Meeks 20, Anna Grace Sissom 9, Kristen Fann 7, Jalin Fann 6, Jesse Kauffman 4, Shelby Smithson 2, Emma Hughes 1
MTCS (32): Sydney Cooper 12, Amaria Gillispie 6, Sarah Wisniowski 4, Reagan Atkinson 4, Rosie Davis 3, Ellie Shirley 3
Cannon Co. 49, MTCS 44
In the boys game, it featured nine ties in the first half as both teams battled. There were ties in two point intervals from 16 to 26. Cannon County scored the final five points of the first half to take a 31-26 lead at the break.
The second half was more of the same as both teams played a defensive third quarter to give the Lions a 36-35 advantage heading to the final eight minutes.
The Cougars went on a 12-0 run that lasted into the final stanza to take a 40-36 lead. Late in the game the Cougars' Jack Jubenville made two key 3-pointers giving them a 46-44 lead. From there Cannon County closed it out at the line to earn a hard fought five-point road win.
"I knew this was going to be a battle. Coach Jason Piercey and MTCS do a terrific job. My guys stepped up and got the job done," Cannon County boys coach Jason Knowles said.
"We did not play hard or rebound well in the first half. Our effort and rebounding were better in the second half." Cougar coach Jason Piercey said. "I am pleased with where we are at. I do not know if it was the turkey or what but they had the same break we did,"
Cannon County improved to 4-3, while the Cougars drop to 2-2,