The Lady Purple Hurricanes now will host Oconee County, the No. 3 seeded team from Region 8-AAA, on Wednesday at 6 p.m. as part of a double-header including the Cartersville boys basketball team.
Cindy Moore, Cartersville coach, said Sonoraville simply had too many weapons for the Lady Canes to handle Saturday night.
“We competed and fought hard the first half,” she said. “Even though we had a lot of turnovers, we were just down eight points at halftime.
“But they scored 51 points against us in the second half. That’s a quality basketball team with shooters, ball handlers, rebounders and a couple of girls who are really physical.
“They are the No. 1 seed in our region for a reason.”
Cartersville got a quick example of just how effective the Lady Phoenix were at pressing early in the game, with Sonoraville causing turnovers the first five times Cartersville had the ball.
It wasn’t until the sixth time Cartersville had possession that the Lady Canes’ Kaelyn Irby got off the team’s first shot, a 20 footer that missed. Sonoraville was up 12-0 at that point.
The Lady Canes did get on the scoreboard when Hallie Wachsmuth’s scored off a layup with an assist from Stefanie Will, to pull within 12-2. After that play, Cartersville responded with a 7-3 run to end the first quarter down 15-9.
The Lady Canes trimmed back their turnovers in the second period and stepped up their defense enough that they trailed 26-18 at the break.
In the third quarter Sonoraville was able to exploit Cartersville’s defense and put together a 21-9 run to take command of the game with a 47-27 lead after three frames of play.
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