The Lady Purple Hurricanes finished with a 55-50 victory that coach Cindy Moore said tested her team.
“It was a battle,” Moore said. “We were up 21-9 at the end of first quarter and they basically outplayed us the rest of the game. We kept a three- or four-point cushion the rest of the game, about as small a cushion as you could have.”
LFO outscored Cartersville in the second and third quarters, using the second frame to close the scoreboard differential to 31-23 at the break and then the next frame to draw within two buckets, 42-38.
Allatoona 52, Woodland 33
Woodland has improved its play in little ways, causing a few more turnovers here and hitting a few more shots there.
But that wasn’t enough against Allatoona as the Lady Wildcats bowed to the visitors Friday night, 52-33.
The Lady Buccaneers benefitted from early turnovers from Woodland and made the most of their opportunities to take a 13-7 lead in the first quarter. The home team hurt its own cause by turning the ball over six times in that period.
Allatoona continued to reap the benefits from its stout defensive play in the second frame, forcing seven turnovers and outscoring Woodland 17-4 as it grabbed a 30-11 lead, helped out by taking at least a dozen more shots in the first half.
Southwest Atlanta Christian 66, Excel 25
Excel’s Lady Eagles showed signs of what could be down the road by going on an 8-2 run against Southwest Atlanta Christian at the start of the third quarter. As it turned out, it was the lone bright spot for the Excel girls who lost to the Lady Warriors, 66-25.
“To come out in the second half and play like we did against the No.1-ranked team in private schools was great to see,” coach Michael Roberson said. “I challenged them at halftime to play with more effort and heart. We didn’t have that in ourselves throughout the first half.”
Excel trailed by 39-11 at halftime. Andrea Taylor led the Lady Eagles (4-11) with 18 points.
Cass 48, Cedartown 32
The Cass Lady Colonels doubled their entire win total from last year with their 48-32 victory over Cedartown Saturday.
Cass won its fourth game of the 2012-2013 season by virtue of a 12-0 third-quarter run. The Lady Colonels were 2-24 overall last year.
“We didn’t play well in the first half, but we came out strong to start the second half,” Cass coach Jamie Horton said.
Thanks to its domination on offense and defense in the third quarter, Cass (4-12) went from leading 26-21 at halftime to leading 40-23 entering the fourth quarter.
Sonoraville 42, Adairsville 23
In other girls high school basketball action, the Lady Tigers were led by Mallory Bramblett’s 10 points as they fell 42-23 to Sonoraville.
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