JACKSON, Tenn. - 2/9/2011 - By: TONY STINNETT, Courier Co-Editor CannonCourier.com; Forwarded by Steven Aldridge, Union University Sports Information Director
Emily Sissom became Tennessee's career leader for 3-pointers with 363 after knocking down five in No. 10-ranked Cannon County's 84-55 win against Forrest at Robert A. Harris Gymnasium Tuesday night.
Sissom became Tennessee's all-time leader in 3-point field goals made in all classifications when she connected from the right wing with 1:38 remaining for her fifth trey. She had tied the record with a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 2:53 remaining.
The previous mark of 362 by Melissa Ervin, who prepped at Sullivan East High School, had stood since 2001. Only four Tennessee girls prep players have ever made more than 300 3-point field goals in a career.
"It's an honor to be the all-time 3-point leader in Tennessee because there have been a lot of good players from this state through the years," said Sissom, who recently became only the third player in school history to surpass the 2,000-point mark for a career. "My teammates have done a great job getting me shots and getting me the ball when I'm open or this would have never happened. There would be no records without the great teammates I've played with at Cannon County.
"I knew I was close to the record and Taylor (King) and my sister, Abbey, would do a little countdown after games or stuff. It helps when you know you have the support of your teammates."
The Lionettes (21-6) enjoyed a balanced scoring attack with five players reaching double figures in the one-sided win against a talented Forrest team. Taylor King led Cannon County with a 19-point performance, followed by Emily Sissom and Chelsey Payne with 15 each. Lauren Ruehlen tallied 14 points and Abbey Sissom finished with 10 points. The Sissom sisters combined for eight 3-pointers.
Cannon County will play host to Smith County in what will be the final regular-season home game for 12 seniors on the two teams. Those players will be honored on "Senior Night" prior to the girls game at 6 p.m. The teams conclude the regular season at York Saturday with the girls game scheduled to tip at 4 p.m.
Sissom signed with Union on September 22, 2009. She is already in the state record books as she currently holds the fourth best 3-pointers made in a season mark with 118.
Sissom joins two current Union Lady Bulldog players who are in the Tennessee girls basketball record books. Senior guard Kayla Hudson currently holds the Tennessee girls basketball record with 648 free throws made in a career and 274 free throws made in a season. LaTesa McLaughlin, a freshman for Union, currently holds the Tennessee girls basketball record with 833 career steals and 270 steals in a season. McLaughlin also ranks in a tie for second place in the Tennessee girls basketball record books with 10 three pointers in a high school game.
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