Cass got a good look at what it can expect to see in opposing girls high school basketball teams the rest of its season while battling Creekview on Tuesday night.
The Lady Colonels fought throughout the evening against an unforgiving team that started imposing its will after getting just a small lead.
Cass got on the scoreboard when Kyla Michienzi buried a 3-pointer from the wing to put the Lady Colonels up 3-0 about half a minute into the evening.
Creekview answered with two deuces and a trey for a 7-4 lead.
Lexy Walraven knotted the game at 7-all with a trey, and Creekview used a 3-pointer to retake the lead.
Esmeralda Thomas, who led Cass with 12 points, responded with a three and the teams were knotted a 10-all.
Creekview used a 5-0 run to claim a 15-10 lead but Payton Stoddard scored three points the old fashioned way — a deuce and a single foul shot — to close to 15-13.
Creekview closed the quarter with a final trey and finished the frame 18-13.
Creekview began to get a little traction in the second quarter, outscoring Cass 14-8 to take a 32-21 lead at the break.
Cass had its strongest performance after the break, scoring 12 points to 11 for Creekview, but it wasn’t enough.
The Cherokee County visitors responded with 12 points to seven for Cass in the final period.
Cass drew a 55-40 defeat and also a close look at the level of basketball play the Bartow County school can expect to see the rest of its season.
“Turnovers cost us a little bit in the first half,” Cass head coach Burt Jackson said. “Once they got ahead, they did a good job holding the ball out and of penetrating.
“I was proud of the way our girls compete. I have no complaints about how hard we played. Creekview is a perennial state power. They are just a solid program.”
He said he liked the effort by Cass.
“I love the fact we never quit,” he said. “We never gave up and we played hard.”
Cass expects to meet more of those types of teams at this point in the season.
The coach points his teams toward making playoff runs in the offseason.
“We have Sequoyah [today] at their place,” he added. “We’ve got Dalton at their place on Friday.”
Also contributing offensively to the Cass cause were Walraven, 8 points; Stoddard, 7 points; Morning, 7 points; Michienzi, 3 points; Hayley Gildersleeve, 3.
Cass is now 11-10 overall and fell to 3-7 in its region with the defeat.
Creekview improved to 18-4 overall and is 8-1 in its region.
Trion 42, Excel 37
Whitney Harris scored 15 points but it wasn’t enough as Trion defeated Excel, 42-37, in Tuesday night basketball play.
Trion led Excel, 8-5, after a quarter of play.
Excel scored 11 points in the second quarter and trailed 16-22 at the break. It trailed 29-31 after three quarters of play.
The Lady Eagles fell to 9-11 overall with the loss and are 3-3 in region play.
Among other scorers for Excel were Rylie Boston, 9; and Xena Enos, 6.
Calhoun 69, Adairsville 43
Adairsville battled its way to a tight first-half lead but couldn’t hold on against Calhoun, falling 69-43.
The Lady Tigers scratched out to a 16-13 lead after the first quarter of play.
Both teams scored 14 points in the second quarter and the Lady Tigers were up 30-27.
Calhoun turned up its defensive intensity a notch in the third quarter, using a 25-4 run to take over the game.
The run gave Calhoun a 52-24 lead.
A 17-9 run in the final period helped Calhoun pick up the victory.
Adairsville fell to 8-13 overall and is 5-8 in its region.