Rivalry game highlights basketball schedule
by Jason Greenberg
Dec 03, 2013 | 1188 views | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Most Bartow County teams begin the region portion of their schedules this week, which should make for some exciting basketball.

The Adairsville girls have three games this week, as do both Cass and Woodland teams.

Cass and Cartersville will continue their rivalry Saturday at Cartersville High.

Here is a breakdown of the rest of the week’s basketball schedule:

Adairsville

The Tigers are 2-1 with two wins at home over Cass and Armuchee. They are averaging just over 53 points scored per game and are giving up 51.

Adairsville does not play until Friday, when the team opens up region play at home against Gordon Central.

Gordon Central lost to Christian Heritage by a score of 61-30 Saturday, but went 13-1 in region play last season and advanced to the second round of the state playoffs. Adairsville lost by an average of 13 points in the Tigers’ two games against the Warriors last year.

The Tigers will play the second game of a back-to-back Saturday when they face Rockmart at home. The Yellow Jackets have yet to play this season, but went 11-18 last year.

The 0-2 Lady Tigers face Armuchee today at home at 6 p.m.

The Lady Indians are 2-2 with a 67-62 win over Darlington and a 49-16 win over Stone Mountain. They also have two double-digit losses to Sonoraville and North Cobb.

Adairsville will then face Gordon Central on Friday and Rockmart on Saturday. The Gordon Central game will be the first region game. The Lady Warriors are 1-3 with three very close losses, including a two-point loss to Cass on Nov. 22.

Cartersville

The Canes are 1-0 after defeating Rome 67-51 Saturday. They don’t play their second game until Saturday when they face Bartow rival Cass at the Storm Center. They were originally scheduled to play their first region game Friday against Ringgold, but the game will be rescheduled.

The Lady Canes are deeper into their season and are currently 2-1 with wins over Houston County and Rome. They lost 50-27 in the first game of the season to River Ridge, but bounced back with two convincing wins, scoring 61 points in each.

Their next game will be against Cass on Saturday as well.

Cass

The Colonels have gotten off to a rough start and are currently 0-4 with losses to Heritage, Adairsville, West Forsyth and Newton.

Cass will have three games this week to try and get in the win column. The first opponent is LaFayette today at home. The Ramblers are 3-1 with their lone loss coming by eight points to Ringgold. They beat their previous three opponents — Chattooga, Armuchee and Pepperell — each by double-digits and a combined 44 points.

The schedule does not get any easier when the Colonels face Northwest Whitfield at home on Friday. The Bruins were 10-0 in region play last season and beat up on Murray County, 66-28, on Friday.

Cass will then face another talented opponent in Cartersville Saturday at Cartersville.

The Lady Colonels have gotten off to a better start and are now 2-1 with wins over Adairsville and Trion. They lost Saturday’s game to Allatoona.

Cass’ opponent Tuesday, Lafayette, is 2-1. Northwest Whitfield is 3-1 with two blowout wins over Model and Rome and a close loss to Marietta. The Lady Canes and Lady Colonels will meet Saturday.

Excel

The Eagles are young this season and are currently 1-4, winning their first game of the year against Bremen Friday at the Southeast Whitfield Thanksgiving Tournament by a score of 85-77.

They have two more games this week, both home, against King’s Ridge on Tuesday and Pickens on Saturday.

King’s Ridge is a crossover game and the Tigers are currently 2-1 with a high-scoring loss to St. Francis, 90-83, and a low-scoring win against Ola, 46-42.

Pickens is currently 2-2 with losses at Dawson County and against Gilmer. The Dragons have since picked up wins against Fannin County and Copper Basin.

The Lady Eagles are also young and are currently 0-4. They play Pickens Saturday at home in their only game of the week.

Woodland

The Wildcats are 3-1 after winning the Southeast Whitfield Thanksgiving Tournament this weekend.

They have three games this week. The first is today at South Paulding, who has yet to play a game. It will be the team’s second region game after losing to New Manchester the first game of the season.

Woodland will then play Hiram at home, who is 0-2, but has played two quality opponents in Pace Academy and St. Francis.

The Wildcats will then welcome East Paulding to Woodland High on Saturday. The Wildcats already defeated East Paulding in the Southeast Whitfield Thanksgiving Tournament by a score of 61-50.

The Lady Wildcats are currently 3-1, with their only loss coming in a close game against Heritage. They beat Ridgeland and Excel convincingly and won their first region game against New Manchester on Nov. 22.

They also face off against South Paulding, Hiram and East Paulding today, Friday and Saturday, respectively.

Hiram defeated Washington and Meadow Creek by an average of 38 points. The East Paulding girls team is 1-3 with losses to Central Gwinnett, Villa Rica and Darlington. However, the team’s win was an 18-point victory over Southeast Whitfield.