Lady Canes top ’Cats for 3rd place in Rome tourney
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Cartersville took over its game with Woodland in the third quarter on its way to winning third place in the Rome News-Tribune Holiday Festival on Friday, 59-43.

Kaelyn Irby, who was later named to the festival all-tournament team, led the Lady Purple Hurricanes with 21 points while Morgan Jones dropped in 14 points.

Katie Harris was the leading scorer for Woodland with 13 points.

“It was a tough game because both teams came in disappointed coming on a loss Friday,” Cartersville head coach Cindy Moore said. “We just kept trying to pick up our intensity.

“I was pleased we were able to get up to 18-19 points and a little breathing room, then we were able to close it out.”

Kyle Morgan, Woodland head coach, said his team lost to a good basketball team.

“I thought we were competitive in the first half,” he said. “Cartersville came out in the third quarter and we didn’t have a response. Overall, I was pleased with my girls and their play, but we kind of ran out of energy mentally and physically. This was our fourth game in five days. I also think last night took a toll and we weren’t all there. Still, you have to show up ready to play.”

Woodland worked its way to an early lead, going up 12-10 after a quarter of play. Cartersville outscored the Lady Wildcats 16-10 in the second frame and carried a 26-22 lead into the halftime break.

The Lady Canes outscored Woodland 21-9 in the third quarter to take command of the game with a 47-31 lead. Both teams scored a dozen points in the final frame.

“I’m proud of winning third place of the Holiday Festival,” Moore said. “This is a good tournament. It is hard when you want to be playing at 7 p.m. but Kae had some great moments and got us into the lead through her play with ball distribution and shooting. This was sort of a gut check trying to get us on track. In the big picture, this was a big win against a rival.”

She also praised the play of Woodland, noting the Lady Wildcats also had been aiming for a berth in the tournament championship and were sidelined by a shot at the buzzer.

“Hats off to Woodland to lose like that and come back and play like it did,” she said. “It’s one of the things that can stay with you. But I know they will bounce back. They have a good season in front of them.”

Other Cartersville scorers include Madison McKinney and Monica Motuba, eight points each.

Cartersville next plays today when it visits Ringgold in a makeup game. Tipoff is at 4 p.m. for the region matchup.

Morgan said the Lady Wildcats (9-5) are having a good season even if they didn’t get the result they wanted in Rome.

“Going into Christmas, we are one win shy of the 10 we got last year and we are 5-1 in our region,” he said. “We have a lot to play for and we hope we can build on what we’ve done so far this season. Two straight losses is not how we wanted to close out, but I’m pleased with the body of work we’ve put out there before the Christmas break.”

Woodland returns to the hardwood Friday, Jan. 3, when it visits North Paulding. Tipoff is at 6 p.m.