Also, Cass topped Commerce in a low-scoring affair, 41-30, in tournament play.
Cartersville 78, Model 44
Jones ripped the nets for 23 points while grabbing 15 rebounds, a double-double. Kaelyn Irby turned in a triple-double performance, with 16 points, 12 assists and 11 steals.
“It was a great win,” Cartersville head coach Cindy Moore said. “Today was about as complete an offensive game as we’ve turned in all season.”
Jones was a big factor in helping the Lady Canes gain an early lead, yanking down nine of her rebounds in the first half. Cartersville dropped 21 points through the nets the first quarter while Model fought back from a 12-0 deficit early in the frame and pulled to 13 by its end for a 21-13 score.
The Lady Blue Devils outscored Cartersville in the second period, 14-13, and trailed the Lady Canes 34-27 at the break.
The Lady Canes exploded once the second half began, jamming 44 points into the hoops before the final whistle blew. Cartersville scored 19 points in the third quarter and was up 53-36 at the start of the final quarter, which it closed with a 25-8 run.
“It was a complete game and everyone contributed in every way,” Moore said.
She said Cartersville’s work under the backboard continues to be a big factor in its success.
“We dominated the boards, 51-16,” she said. “We are really stressing to our folks to do a good job rebounding, and we don’t give our opponents many second-chance points.”
Cartersville did not lack for second-chance attempts in the game as the Lady Canes grabbed 26 offensive rebounds.
The Canes also turned to their defensive stopper to put a kink in Model’s first-half success.
“One of their players had 19 points in the first half and we put Hallie Wachsmuth on her in the second half and she didn’t score,” Moore said.
She said the Lady Canes are still a work in progress.
“We are trying to do a lot of things that make you tournament-ready,” she said.
Others contributing for Cartersville were Rachel Christina, 10 points, five rebounds; Monica Motuba, 9 points, five rebounds; Maya Jones, 3 points, six rebounds.
Cartersville ramped up its overall record to 10-2 overall and is poised to try to plow through its region games.
“We are happy to go into the New Year with 10 wins,” Moore said. “About 99 percent of our remaining games are the meat of the season. This is the time you have to have a short memory. You have to forget all the good games you won and anything not good as well. Everyone will be gunning for you.”
Cartersville next plays on Friday, when it entertains Coahulla Creek. Tipoff is at 6 p.m.
Cass 41, Commerce 30
Rejiyah Burley dropped in 14 points and the Lady Colonels defeated Commerce, 41-30, Saturday in Christmas tournament play.
Jana Morning also was a major contributor to the Cass victory, scoring 11 points.
The Lady Colonels improved to 6-6 overall with the win.
Cass returns to the hardwood Friday when it hosts Pickens County. Tipoff is at 6 p.m.