The Cartersville boys basketball team has an important game today at Northwest Whitfield to stay atop the region standings.
That is why it was nice for the Canes that they were able to get out to an early lead in Monday’s 71-50 win at Woodland and rest some of the starters for the region tilt today.
“It’s a good win anytime you can get one on the road,” Cartersville head coach Mike Tobin said of Monday’s game. “We have a big one [today], so it was kind of nice, that fourth quarter, we were able to get our starters some rest.”
Cartersville’s offense came out on fire in the first quarter, scoring 26 points on 8-of-12 shooting with five 3s, including three by Jaylon Pugh. As a result, the Canes took a 26-17 lead into the second quarter.
It was in that second quarter when Cartersville’s defense began to pick up. Cartersville held Woodland to 1-of-21 shooting in the middle two quarters to pull away with a 55-31 lead entering the final period before each team put in its substitutes.
“I think we played hard,” Tobin said. “Woodland, they do a great job drawing charges. They work their tails off, play hard.”
The scoring was balanced for Cartersville as four players had between eight and 11 points, and 11 of the team’s 13 players scored. Pugh led with 11 points, six rebounds and three steals. Freshman Isaac Gridley added nine points, seven rebounds and two blocks. Cortney Cooley and Kobie Whitfield each added eight points.
For Woodland, Camden Royal and Justice Hayes each had eight points, with Hayes adding six rebounds and two steals.
Cartersville is now 12-5. With the loss, Woodland drops to 3-14 and will look to get back on track at home against Rome today.