Cartersville used the 3-point shot to deadly effect early and coupled that with a lock-down defense to crush Rome High, 68-36, in their high school basketball season opener.
The Lady Canes lost to the Lady Wolves, 65-58, in Rome on Saturday.
Cartersville 68, Rome 36
The Cartersville boys hit six treys in the first quarter while taking a 24-6 lead. That lead was 37-19 at the half and grew to 51-26 after three quarters.
Coach Mike Tobin liked the effort by Cartersville as well as the result.
“We kept playing really hard,” he said. “We came out shooting the ball really well.”
Ryan Davis and A.J. Mosby each hit a trey against Rome, and Corey Tobin brushed through the nets with four 3-pointers in the early going.
“We had nine field goals in the first quarter and six of them were 3’s,” Mike Tobin said.
The Canes were 8 of 15 from the 3-point line at the end of the game, with Davis and Mosby each picking up a trey.
Both teams scored 13 points in the second quarter.
The Canes turned it up a notch defensively in the second half.
“In the second half we played solid defense and gave up 17 points,” Mike Tobin said.
He said the combination of hot shooting and tough defensive play worked well.
“I was really pleased,” he said. “We played very good team ball and we distributed the ball well. Everyone did a good job. It was pretty good for our first game.”
He singled out Dalven Penn for his play. “I thought Dalven did a real good rebounding and post defense.”
The coach said it was a strong offensive performance.
“If every game we could have three or more players in double figures, we’d be tough to stop.”
Scoring for Cartersville were Davis, 17; Tobin, 14; Hakeem Winters, 7; Christian Demastus, 3; Mosby, 19; Zack Hacker, 2; Hunter Benham, 2; Tavaris Brown, 1; and Josh Farmer, 2.
Also, Davis was credited with seven assists and Tobin six. Benham grabbed six boards and Winters five. Penn blocked three shots and Tobin one. Davis and Winters each tallied four steals.
Rome dropped to 0-6 overall and is 0-2 in Region 5A-AAAAA.
Lady Wolves 65, Lady Canes 58
Cartersville shot poorly at the charity stripe — going 2-of-16 — and lost by seven points to Rome in their game.
The Lady Purple Hurricanes stepped up two classifications to open its season against their Floyd County neighbor and paid a price as the Lady Wolves were playing in their sixth game of the season.
Coach Cindy Moore said Cartersville lost to a quality opponent and she saw some things her team can build on.
“It was our first game and it showed,” she said. “Rome has played a number of games and you could tell they have worked some things out. Now we need to work some of those things out.”
Rome held a one-point lead after the first quarter, 17-16, but Cartersville answered in the second frame with 21 points while holding the home team to 11, giving the Lady Hurricanes a 37-28 lead at the break.
Rome outscored Cartersville 18-11 in the third quarter, good enough to cut their deficit to 48-46. The Lady Wolves scored 19 points to 10 for Cartersville in the final quarter, accounting for the 65-58 final tally.
“We probably ran out of gas a little at the end,” Moore said, “and we came up a little short.”
Kaelyn Irby led the Lady Canes with 17 points, eight rebounds and five assists. Also contributing to the Cartersville cause were Maya Jones, 11 points and seven rebounds; Jazmine Baldwin, nine points and nine rebounds; and Hallie Wachsmuth, eight points.
With the loss, Cartersville is 0-1 on the season. Rome improved to 3-3 overall and is 1-1 in Region 5A-AAAAA.
Game moved to Thursday
Cartersville makes its basketball home opener against Ringgold on Thursday night — moved up a day from its originally scheduled opening so fans can watch the Cartersville Purple Hurricanes host Buford at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the state high school football playoffs.
The girls tip off at 6 p.m. Thursday while the boys start their game at 7:30 p.m.