Phoenix halt Lady Canes’ streak
by David Royal
Jan 23, 2013 | 738 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tuesday night Sonoraville looked every inch a team with 18 victories, a nine-game winning streak, a perfect region record and a desire to make a statement that it is the best girls high school basketball squad in Region 5-AAA.

Unfortunately, Cartersville, the team lined up against the Lady Phoenix for the evening, looked very little like a squad with a seven-game winning streak that was trying to avenge the only blemish on its 7-1 region mark while pulling into a tie for the region lead.

That harsh reality resulted in a 72-39 defeat that was administered by the Lady Phoenix at Cartersville’s Storm Center, a tally for Cartersville that was 18 points less than the Lady Purple Hurricanes had been averaging but just one more point than the Gordon County school had been allowing.

Coach Cindy Moore gave credit to Sonoraville for earning the 32-point victory, particularly its post and transition play.

“There’s a reason they are ranked No. 5 in the state and have only one loss,” Moore said. “To their credit, we only played them competitively for about three minutes and then they took over and we never had an answer to what they were doing.”

She noted the Lady Phoenix scored off their press and transition and their post player was a defensive force, disrupting the post scoring for Cartersville, and offensive weapon all evening, scoring 25 points.

But while Moore credited Sonoraville with being the best team Tuesday night, she feels Cartersville is better than the score showed.

“Sonoraville certainly was better tonight,” she said, “but I’m not pleased with a 30-point loss. I don’t think they are that much better.”

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