Rebounding fuels Cartersville’s win; starters benched in Wildcats’ victory
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Balanced scoring and rebounding by Dalven Penn, Cartersville’s 6-5 center, and his teammates enabled the Purple Hurricanes to hold off Mundy’s Mill, 57-46, Friday in Game 2 of the Pickens holiday basketball tournament.

Penn scored 10 points and pulled down 11 rebounds, while Ryan Davis poured 28 points in leading the Canes to their 10th straight victory.

“Dalven’s clutch rebounding was key for us,” Cartersville coach Mike Tobin said.

“It enabled to us to open a big lead in the first quarter and then play solid basketball down the stretch. This is the best defensive game we’ve played all year. We did a much better job of rebounding.”

Cartersville’s defense also played a big part in its 46-32 win over Fellowship Christian Thursday.

Using a match-up, zone defense against Mundy’s Mill, the Canes held the Tigers to just four points in the first quarter. Although down by one with 30 seconds remaining in the third quarter, the Canes regained control on the strength of Cory Tobin’s 3-point basket and A.J Moseby’s steal and assist on Davis’s subsequent basket.

Woodland 61, Cambridge 48

Hopefully, the Woodland Wildcats’ starting five got the message while sitting on the bench at the end of the team’s 61-48 victory over the Cambridge Bears Friday at the Allatoona Lake City Classic Friday.

Unhappy with the way his starters played in the Wildcats’ 54-41 loss to Central Gwinnett Thursday and against Cambridge Friday, coach John Howard went to his bench early and often against the Bears.

“I didn’t like the effort we put forth in our last game,” Howard said. “Tonight, I wanted to reward the players who have practicing hard and who give it their all through out the game.”

Most of the substitutions were sophomore or juniors who have watched their team lose five straight and then split their last four games.

“It’s one thing to ask out if you have been playing hard,” Howard said. “It’s another thing to pull someone who thinks he will starting no matter how he plays. The players I substituted for were coasting. We didn’t have one starter on the floor when the game ended.”

Howard indicated that he will look to bench without hesitation if his starters slack off once again.

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