Originally scheduled to be played on the last Friday in January, the two county and region rivals had to twice deal with Mother Nature’s weekly interruptions.
The first came in the form of potential inclement weather that resulted in the closing of all Bartow County schools Friday morning, and canceling all after-school activities.
Rescheduled for the following Wednesday, the game was postponed once again due to a tornado that hit Adairsville that same day.
“We definitely wanted to play that night, but our thoughts and prayers were focused on the people of Adairsville and what they were having to endure,” Cartersville coach Mike Tobin said.
Clear skies allowed the city of Adairsville to begin assessing the damage caused by the tornado, while maintaining a sense of order and calm.
Without any guarantees Mother Nature would rear her ugly head yet again, Saturday was selected as the day when Adairsville and Cartersville would once again try to play a basketball game.
The night before, the Tigers had traveled to Coahulla Creek where they won, 59-33. The Canes, who were prepared to play three games in four days, found themselves staying at home Friday night once again when their game against Gordon Central was cancelled. Gordon Central closed that day due to power outages and wide spread damage in the community caused by the tornado.
“I don’t know if it would have made much of a difference had we not played Friday, but I don’t think it would have,” said Adairsville coach Kent Howard after his Tigers were defeated by the Canes, 76-50, Saturday at home. “Cartersville is a better team offensively than we are, and they showed why they are the No. 1 team in the state. I am just glad that our team came back with a better performance in the second half.”
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