Cavaliers Win Long Range Battle Over Falcons
At first glance, the Cavalier roster would make any team squeamish. With five players on the roster at or above 5' 10" tall, rebounding and inside scoring would seem to be the concern. This was not the case for the Falcons on Tuesday night in East Bend.
The game tipped off at 6pm with the Cavaliers gaining the first possession. Kendra Ross, a 6' 3" sophomore won the tip easily for the visitors, and then ran immediately to the corner behind the 3-point line. The 3-point line! That would be the trend all night for the Cavaliers as Emily Elgin let loose of a three from the top of the key, and splash, 3-0.
The Falcons found success early in the first quarter by driving the ball to the basket, and getting to the line. The home team made 6 of 7 free throws, but still trailed the visitors by a point, 11-12.
At the beginning of the 2nd quarter, the Falcons were able to create a little separation. Even though both teams hit three 3-pointers in the quarter, the Falcons had found a way to score points in the paint. Calyn Davis exploded for the home team and led all scorers with 22 points at the half, and propelled the Falcons to a 33-25 lead.
With the Falcons now in control of the game, it seemed that the Cavaliers would not be able to find enough offense to contend in the second half. However, point guard Paris Baker stepped up in a big way for the visitors. In the 3rd quarter the 5' 3" guard found her way into the lane and dropped four nice floaters; taking advantage of the spread out defense of the Falcons. Now, with the shooters circling the arc and Baker driving the lane, the Falcons were in for a battle.
On the Falcon side, Calyn Davis and Kala Doub got hot from the outside. The duo combined for 14 of the team's 16 points in the 3rd quarter to keep the surging Cavalier offense at bay. At the end of the 3rd quarter, the Falcons still held the lead by 6 points at 49-43.
Neither team ran very deep. The Falcons rotated 8 players while the Cavaliers around 7. This would normally lend itself to a slow, foul plagued fourth quarter. Not tonight, and not these two teams. It was bombs way from both sides. The visiting Cavaliers nailed 5 3-pointers in the final quarter with Amaiya Williams heat-checking one three from her hometown of Forest City. Kala Doub of Forbush tried to match her, and at one point the two were trading baskets. However, Kala came up one 3-point basket short in a valiant effort to keep her senior season alive.
The Cavaliers overcame a six point deficit in that final quarter to steal the victory from the Falcons by a final score of 62-59, and end an incredible season for the home team. The Cavaliers finished with five players in double figures while the Falcons were the two-headed monster of Davis and Doub that combined for 49 points. Calyn Davis led all scorers with 32 points, but will have to wait until next season for that final point to get her to 1000 points for her career.
Coach Bradley Shore summed up his team's season with heart felt gratitude. He was appreciative of his team's work ethic and togetherness. A season to remember, and a lot of goals accomplished. It has been some time since the Lady Falcons have reached this level of play, and the players and coaches should hold their heads high.
Congratulations to the Cavaliers on a well-earned victory, and good luck in the next round.
Beyond the Stats
Casey Brown (pictured here taking a jumper), Kayla Shore, Taylor Wooten and Kelsey Swaim fought vigorously on the boards to give their team extra possessions all night. On most nights, this group's performance on the boards would spell victory for the home team, but the visiting Cavaliers were on fire in that final quarter.
Also, truly impressed by the grittiness of the Falcons led by the fearless Sidney Matthews that has more battle scars this season than William Wallace in the movie Braveheart.