The good new for the Cass High girls basketball team is the Lady Colonels are headed to the state playoffs.
The bad news, because of a loss Thursday at Villa Rica to Carrollton in the Region 7-AAAAA semifinals, they will not be playing at home in the first round of state.
Cass lost to Carrollton, which is ranked in the top 10 of Class 5A, by a final score of 56-47, which will pit the Colonels against the Rome Wolves today at 4 p.m. in the region’s third-place game.
Cass got off to an abnormally slow offensive start against Carrollton, scoring just 10 first-half points while not earning a single trip to the free throw line. As a result, the Colonels were down by 18 points at halftime.
Cass picked it up on the offensive end of the floor in the third quarter, though, scoring 14 points while shooting its first nine free throws of the game. Unfortunately for Cass, Carrollton matched the 14 points and the score remained an 18-point game heading into the final period.
The Colonels really began to turn it on in the fourth quarter, scoring 23 points, led by Claire Davis’ eight points and Alexis Ware’s seven in the period.
Ware led all scorers with 10 points for the game and was the only double-figure scorer in a balanced Cass attack, but it would not be enough to pull off the upset as the Lady Colonels fall to a still-impressive 21-6 on the year.