Lady Colonels outscore Adairsville, 54-35
by David Royal
Nov 24, 2013 | 844 views | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Rejiyah Burley scored 27 points as Cass won the battle of Bartow cross-county rivals, outscoring Adairsville 54-35 in girls high school basketball Saturday night.

Stephanie Kuhrt led the Lady Tigers with 10 points in the non-region matchup, which was played in Adairsville.

“It was a big win for the program,” Cass head coach Jamie Horton said. “Adairsville has had pretty successful seasons the past couple of years. [Our] girls just came out wanting to play. Adairsville didn’t back down. They played the whole time.”

“We started off alright in the first quarter, up 10 to 6, which is not a bad start for us,” Adairsville head coach Meredith Barnhill said. “Then they made a little run and we had trouble stopping it. After the first quarter we had a tough time scoring and we got some key players in foul trouble, Stephanie, Mallorie [Collum] and Kelsy [Hice], which hurt us because we have to have them on the floor quite a bit.”

Adairsville scored first with a bucket by Collum but Cass answered with a 3-pointer by Burley. A single foul shot by Janee Callahan gave Cass a 4-2 lead with four minutes left in the quarter. Adairsville’s Victoria Davis buried a trey followed by a 3-pointer from Julia Roberson and the Lady Tigers had an 8-4 lead. Both teams added a bucket by quarter’s end and the Lady Tigers held a 10-6 lead.

Horton said Cass coaches worked to calm the Lady Colonels down at that point.

“We were beating ourselves with turnovers,” Horton said. “I think we had eight first-quarter turnovers. We cleaned it up after that and took care of the basketball and that made a big difference.”

The Lady Colonels came back strong in the second quarter, outscoring their hosts 19-9 to carry a 25-19 lead into the break.

Burley slid four shots through the netting, one a trey, to help the Cass cause with 9 points. Ashley Huskins dropped in a trey and two foul shots as well for 5 points.

For Adairsville, Roberson and Davis tossed in a trey each and Logan O’Neal added a foul shot while Katie Graf contributed a bucket to account for Adairsville’s scoring in the period.

Cass stretched that lead with a 14-9 run in the third quarter to go up 39-28 after three frames of play. Once again Burley led the offensive onslaught.

Stephanie Kuhrt scored 5 points in the period for Adairsville.

Cass outscored the Lady Tigers 15-7 in the final quarter.

Horton said Burley worked hard in the offseason and added that showing is a pleasure for a coach to watch.

“It’s nice when you’ve got some kids who will go out there and put points up on the board,” he said. “It makes my job easy.”

Barnhill said her team will learn from the game, which was the Lady Tigers’ first of the season.

“We saw some adjustments we need to make in our offense and we’re going to work on those Monday,” she said. “In the first half they tried to overload their offense and we were getting beat on the back side. We did a better job of cutting that off the second half.”

She said Cass is a load but the Lady Tigers must get used to that.

“Cass is athletic and quick. They’re bigger than we are, which we’re going to face nine times out of 10 this year. We’re going to have to make some defensive adjustments in those situations.”

Other Cass scorers included Callahan, 3; Imani Whitfield, 5; Huskins, 12; Jana Morning, 3; Savanna Hutchins, 1; Lauren Womack, 2; and Esmeralda Thomas, 1.

Also scoring for Adairsville were Collum, 2; Roberson, 6; Davis, 8; Hice, 5; Logan O’Neal, 1; Katie Graf, 2; Avery Hudson, 1.

Adairsville, 0-1, returns to the hardwood on Tuesday when it visits Pepperell. Tipoff is at 6 p.m. Cass (2-1) next plays Tuesday, Dec. 3, when it hosts LaFayette. Tipoff is at 6 p.m.