The victory was Cass High’s second in a row, sixth on the season and win No. 2 in Region 7A-AAAA. The Lady Colonels had defeated Ridgeland 40-36 on Saturday night.
Cedartown started out faster against Cass, sinking two field goals and hitting a free throw to take a 5-0 lead some two minutes into the first quarter.
The Lady Colonels responded when Amber Bowen found Hannah Kirkpatrick open under the goal for a quick basket off the backboard to close to 5-2.
The Lady Bulldogs answered with a bucket, for a 7-2 lead, and Camey Kirkland tossed in a 2-pointer to make it 7-4. The teams then traded baskets and Cass responded with two free throws sandwiched around a bucket while Cedartown closed the quarter with a field goal to grab its last lead of the night, at 11-10.
The second frame was a different story altogether as Cass opened with a 3-0 run — a bucket and a free throw by Bowen — to take a 13-11 lead. Cedartown added a free throw and pulled to 13-12 — the closest the two teams would be on the scoreboard the rest of the evening. Cass answered by taking off on a 13-3 run to claim a 25-15 lead at the break.
Adairsville 49, Ringgold 34
Adairsville scratched out an early lead over Ringgold and then kept adding to it, and the Lady Tigers wound up with a double-digit lead by the time the game’s final whistle was blown Tuesday night.
The Lady Tigers held a 12-6 lead after a quarter and then doubled the margin in the second frame while taking a 26-14 lead after a half of play.
The Lady Tigers stretched their lead by five more points in the third quarter, to go up 39-22. The Lady Tigers were outscored, 11-10, in the final frame.
Coach Meredith Barnhill said the defensive play by the Lady Tigers proved the difference.
“We played with much more intensity on defense and we outscored them a little each quarter throughout the game,” she said.
Scoring for Adairsville were Cassidy Howren and Mallorie Collum, 10 points each; Stephanie Kuhrt, 9; Mallory Bramblett, 5; Taylor Weeks and Paige Cole, 4 each; Michaela King and Kelsy Hice, 3 each; and Lexie Adams, 1 point.
Adairsville improved to 9-11, 3-6 in Region 5-AAA with the victory. Ringgold fell to 0-16, 0-10 in the region.
Cartersville 69, Coahulla Creek 31
The Lady Purple Hurricanes scored early and often as they defeated Coahulla Creek to claim their eighth win in nine attempts, 69-31, Tuesday night.
The victory came as the school observed a cancer awareness “pink out night,” and coach Cindy Moore said the Lady Canes were proud to participate.
“Our kids were excited,” she said. “We think it’s a good cause and anything we can do to help raise awareness for this battle we’re willing to do.”
The Lady Canes showed up with a strong offense and defense against Coahulla Creek.
“We jumped out to a 12-0 lead and wound up 23-7 after a quarter of play, and we just kind of felt it from there,” Moore said.
Cartersville stretched that lead to 39-17 at the halfway point and to 57-21 after three quarters of play. Cartersville outscored their visitors 12-10 in the final period.
Leading the Lady Canes in scoring were Stefanie Will, 14; Kaelyn Irby, 13; Morgan Jones, 12.
Irby also had six assists and five steals.
Moore said Jones also helped Cartersville control the boards against Coahulla Creek.
Allatoona 40, Woodland 22
The Woodland Lady Wildcats saw their modest, two-game winning streak come to an end on the road with a 40-22 loss to Allatoona Tuesday night. Woodland had defeated Cass and North Paulding prior to losing to the Lady Buccaneers.
Woodland played well in the second and third quarters against Allatoona, but was done in by a slow start in the first quarter and a solid finish by Allatoona in the fourth quarter.
In the third quarter, the Lady Wildcats held their opponent to just three points. Unfortunately, Woodland’s offense was held to just two points that same quarter.
Of the Lady Wildcats’ 22 points, Kennedy Robinson scored six and Jasmin Askew added five. Other Woodland scorers were Marissa Dubose, 3; Katie Harris, 2; and Carly Bucy, 2. Alexis Ezell scored a game-high 11 points for Allatoona.
Next up for Woodland (7-14, 3-10) is a home game Friday night versus Paulding.
Gordon Lee 72, Excel 24
Excel continued to compete against its region’s best teams and has the lumps to show for it, tackling its third state power in a row.
The Lady Eagles took on Gordon Lee and fell, 72-24.
Coach Michael Roberson said his team is giving its best effort, but the challenge has been more than the Lady Eagles have been able to overcome thus far.
“We played a great first quarter and the girls executed our game plan just as we drew it up,” Roberson said. “Still, we were down 21-14 after the first quarter and things went downhill from there.”
Gordon Lee added a 23-4 run in the second period for a 44-18 lead. It outscored Excel 22-2 in the third period, to go up 66-20.
Andrea Taylor paced the Lady Eagles with 12 points. Excel is 5-16 overall and 1-8 in Region 6A-A. It next plays Southwest Atlanta Christian on Friday in another region game.
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