The Lady Colonels didn't give themselves much of a chance against a quality opponent that finished third in the Georgia High School Association state tournament and currently sits among the top 10 teams in the GaPrepCountry.com coaches' poll.
"Honestly, I think the biggest thing was we just didn't play good defensively at all," Cass coach Chris Allen said. "I think we struggled in key situational areas ... We didn't put it together they way we have in the first two games."
The Cass coach said his girls may have been nervous because there were region implications to the game.
Allen said a couple of times the Lady Colonels committed errors with two outs that wound up costing them in the end. They gave up three unearned runs to Northwest.
Freshman Courtney Bailey pitched a complete game for Cass, giving up three earned runs on six hits and two hit batters while striking out four.
Aside from the Lady Colonels' defensive woes, Allen said his team did not run the bases well, which has normally been a strength for it.
"We didn't run quite as well as we have in the past," he said. "That's one of the things we really rely on is our ability to get to the next base."
Of his team's struggles, Allen added, "You can't play like that against a team that's No. 3 in the state and expect to win."
Despite the loss, Cass will not panic, its coach said, not with so much season left to play and not with another shot at the Lady Bruins looming in the near future.
"It is just our first region game. We get to see 'em again this year," said Allen, whose team played the Lady Bruins three times last season -- once in the region playoffs -- and will face them again Sept. 2.
"We're not intimidated by any stretch of the imagination, but we didn't play our best ball," he continued.
The Lady Colonels, Allen said, know the season isn't about how well you play in August but rather how well you fare in October.
"We'd rather peak at the end, not at the beginning," he said.
Cass returns to the field today as it hosts Rome at 5:55 p.m. for another region game.
On Friday and Saturday, the Lady Colonels will play in the LFO Invitational at Jack Mattox Recreation Park in Ringgold.
They play Murray County and Dade County Friday at 4 and 6 p.m., respectively.
On Saturday, Cass (2-1, 0-1) takes on Harris County at 9 a.m., Chattooga at 12:30 p.m. and Gordon Central at 2:15 p.m.