Cass held Adairsville to 11 second-half points while scoring 25 and grabbed a road victory, 57-32, in girls high school basketball play Saturday.
The loss dropped the Lady Tigers to 7-11, 4-6 in its region and slammed the door shut on a streak that had seen the host team adding to their win total, including two in a row.
“We knew coming in that Adairsville had won six out of their last seven games and beat a good North Murray team Tuesday, so we came in knowing what to expect,” Cass coach Burt Jackson said.
He said the Lady Tigers challenged Cass when they played earlier.
“The first time we played Adairsville at our place, we won by only seven points,” he said Saturday night. “We also had a game [Friday] night against Woodland so I was concerned because Adairsville didn’t have a game. We were coming into their gym and I was concerned if we’d have enough energy to play tonight. We knew we’d have to play hard because they’re a good team.”
Cass (11-8, 3-5 in its region) hit two quick shots within the first minute of the game as Kyla Michienzi hit the game’s first one from in the paint. Esmeralda Thomas added another deuce off an assist by Jana Morning whose pass found her open about five feet from the goal.
Adairsville answered with a trey, but Cass added two quick buckets for a 8-3 lead.
The Lady Tigers’ Breeana Wilson cut the lead to 8-6 with her trey at the 4:32 mark.
Cass used a bucket by Alexis Ware to go up 10-6, but Adairsville answered with a Logan O’Neal bucket from close range and trailed 10-8. An 8-5 run then enabled Cass to take an 18-13 lead after a quarter of play was completed.
A trey by Taylor Greene helped Adairsville close the score to 18-16 to start the second quarter, but Cass responded with buckets by Walraven and Morning.
Walraven added a second bucket after rebounding a teammate’s shot, and Hayley Gildersleeve found the range in the paint for a 26-16 lead. Cass outscored Adairsville 6-5 through the end of the second frame and had an 11-point lead at the break, 32-21.
The Lady Colonels’ offensive engine dropped off in production the rest of the way, scoring 11 third-quarter points to five for the Lady Tigers for a 43-26 lead.
Cass closed out the final quarter with a 14-6 run and earned a 25-point victory.
“We played tremendously tonight,” Jackson said. “We had 10 girls all do something special. Everybody moved the ball and contributed. I thought our rebounding was outstanding.”
He said Cass won in large part because of its defensive play.
“Adairsville’s been putting up 50 to 55 points a game,” Jackson added. “To hold them to 32 in their gym, I felt like we did a good job.
“I think it was one of the best games we’ve played all year.”
He also praised the ballhandling by Morning and shooting by Walraven.
Cass next plays region foe Rome on Tuesday. Tipoff is at 6 p.m. at Rome High.
Adairsville hosts Sonoraville on Tuesday with a 6 p.m. tipoff scheduled in the region game.