Still, the Cave City Cavewomen didn't let that, or a sleepy first-half performance, stand in their way of a dominating 65-40 victory over Greers Ferry-West Side Dec. 5 in the opening round of the annual Lyon College Invitational Tournament in Batesville.
Cave City's standout force on the low blocks, Cheyenne Childers, made sure the Cavewomen suffered no post-homecoming hangover against the Lady Eagles with a thoroughly dominating performance.
Childers tossed in 18 points in the first half, en route to a game-high 32 points, making sue that Greers Ferry had no chance of an upset.
The Cavewomen, whose defense has paved the way to another great start this season, held the Lady Eagles to just six points, on a pair of field goals and two free throws, in the first period of play.
By contrast, Childers posted 13 points in the first period, as she had her way around the bucket.
Heading into the second period, Cave City led 16-6.
But Greers Ferry played its most inspired ball early in the second to make things interesting right before the half.
After Jessica Hall (four points) hit a hoop to open the second for Cave City, pushing the Cavewomen in front 18-6, the Lady Eagles ripped off 10 unanswered points to pull within two, 18-16, with a shade over five minutes left in the first half.
Brooklyn Brinkley (eight points) halted the Lady Eagles' spurt with a 3-ball and then Childers racked up an old-fashioned 3-point play to help steady things for Cave City.
A bucket by Rachel Roebuck (four points) and charity toss by Megan Graddy sent the teams to intermission with Cave City on top 31-22.
Then, the Cavewomen put the hammer down late in the third period.
With Cave City up 39-28 at the 2:21 mark of the third, the Cavewomen outscored Greers Ferry 10-zip from that point until the end of the frame to take a commanding 49-28 advantage to the fourth period.
Greers Ferry just couldn't respond during the last eight minutes of play and Cave City advanced out of the first round with a 65-40 victory over the Lady Eagles.
Haley Bell finished with nine points for the Cavewomen, while Claire Caldwell had three. Rachel McKenize and Katie Stout logged two points apiece.
Greers Ferry was paced by 11 points from Haley Delk.
Paced by a game-high 26-point effort from Seth Foreman, the Cavemen knocked off the Heber Spring Panthers 71-68 in opening-round action from the Lyon College Invitational Tournament Dec. 5.