Lehla Thomas outscored Armuchee by herself in overtime to help the Cartersville girls advance to the semifinals of the Seven Hills Rotary/Rome News-Tribune Christmas Tournament Monday at Georgia …
Lehla Thomas outscored Armuchee by herself in overtime to help the Cartersville girls advance to the semifinals of the Seven Hills Rotary/Rome News-Tribune Christmas Tournament Monday at Georgia Highlands College.
After a fairly quiet game by her standards, Thomas scored more than half of her points in the extra session. Her five points were more than Armuchee could even muster in the four-minute period, as Cartersville earned a 52-47 victory.
Naijah Evans and Cio Seigler got the Canes (3-2) off to a quick start. Each had six points in the first quarter, with Seigler's coming on a pair of 3-pointers, to give Cartersville a 12-7 lead entering the second period.
Jakayah Draughn led the Canes with five points during the second quarter, but Armuchee (5-6) closed to within 23-19 by halftime. Cartersville's offense completely dried up in the third quarter — save for a 3-pointer and two free throws by Kiera Milline — as the Canes fell behind 31-28 with one period to go.
Five different Cartersville players scored to help the team rally. Ariana Cochran, who finished with eight assists, scored five of her seven points in the fourth quarter to help knot the score at 43-all at the end of regulation.
Evans led the Canes with 11 points, while Seigler (10 points), Thomas (9) and Draughn (8) also made significant scoring contributions.
Cartersville will face Rome, which is unbeaten and ranked No. 5 in Class 5A, in the semifinals at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at GHC.
Model 53, Cartersville boys 45
The Cartersville boys couldn't quite overcome a hot shooting start from Model in the opening round of the Seven Hills Rotary/Rome News-Tribune Christmas Tournament.
The Blue Devils knocked down four 3-pointers in the first quarter in building an 18-6 lead. Cartersville rallied over the next two periods but didn't have enough to complete the comeback in a 53-45 loss Monday at Georgia Highlands College.
After the rough opening period, the Canes (0-2) got going offensively. Kam Callahan and Marquail Coaxum knocked down shots from deep in the second quarter, as Cartersville pulled within 25-18 at halftime.
The lead continued to shrink in the third quarter with Micah Tart contributing five points in the period to help the Canes narrow the deficit to 37-32 entering the final period.
Despite making just 6 of 13 foul shots in the fourth quarter, Model (6-3) held on for the victory.
Callahan led Cartersville with 12 points, while Tart and Kyler Johnson finished with nine points apiece. The Canes will face Darlington in a consolation matchup at 7 p.m. Wednesday.