Cass 60, Adairsville 51
Coach Greg Scott returned from the team’s holiday tournament in Kentucky determined that the Cass Colonels finally learn what it means to finish.
Cass led in all three games it played at the Belfry (Ky.) holiday tournament at either halftime or in the fourth quarter, only to lose all three.
“To me, the word finish can be divided into three parts,” Scott said. “It starts with playing solid defense, rebounding at both ends of the court and excelling on offense.”
None of those three elements occurred in Friday’s 50-43 loss to Pickens. They did show up in the Colonels’ 60-51 win over visiting Adairsville Saturday.
“Even though we lost all three games [in Kentucky], I saw a team that was getting better with each game,” Scott said. “We just weren’t finishing what we started out to do, and that was win ballgames.”
Prior to hosting the Tigers Saturday, Cass started the second half of the season with a 2-11 record.
Victory number three was a direct result of “being more aggressive on the boards, using the press to create easy baskets and finishing,” Scott said.
Cass started out by taking a 14-10 first quarter lead and then heading into the locker room with a 33-17 halftime lead.
“We got down early and then started making mistakes due to us trying to force things,” Adairsville coach Kent Howard said. “The end result was our playing inconsistent basketball.”
The same could be said about how the Tigers played in their 67-60 loss to Ringgold Friday night. To make matters worse, Adairsville has lost six of its last seven games since starting the season, 4-2. That lone win came against Darlington, 52-50 late in December, which broke a four-game losing streak.
Cartersville 85, Cedartown 24
Cartersville held Cedartown to 16 first-half points Saturday night and then the Purple Hurricanes found a way to rachet up their defensive play even tighter to give up just 8 points the rest of the way.
The result was an 85-24 defeat of the Bulldogs at the Storm Center on the Cartersville High School campus as the Canes stretched their record to a perfect 14-0.
“It was a good opportunity for everyone to get a lot of playing time,” Mike Tobin said. “Cedartown has been down a bit and it gave us a chance to work on some of our set plays.”
None of Cartersville’s starters saw playing time in the fourth quarter.
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