Lady Colonels best Trion in Hoops for Hope opener
by David Royal
Nov 30, 2013 | 558 views | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Lady Colonels started out with all cylinders clicking and rushed out to a 14-point half time lead, but Trion stepped up its shooting after the break and wrestled its way back to make the contest into a game again before falling 39-34 in the American Cancer Society Invitational Hoops for Hope Tournament that kicked off Friday at Cass High.

Kelsey Wright led Cass with 11 points and Rejiyah Burley dropped 10 points through the nets.

Trion cut into the lead in the third quarter, outscoring Cass 11-5, and closed to 35-32 late in the final period while outscoring their hosts 12-9.

“They seemed to play with a little more intensity than we did in the second half,” head coach Jamie Horton said. “I don’t know if we had a little too much Thanksgiving dinner or what, but we have to find a way to step up our intensity.”

Cass took apparent control of the contest early as Burley hit a free throw and Janee Callahan added a bucket at the half-minute mark of the first quarter. Wright dropped in two points a minute later to put the Lady Colonels up 5-0.

Trion responded with a layup a minute and a half later for its first points but Cass answered with two layups by Burley for a 9-2 lead. Trion answered with a foul shot and a bucket only to have Wright add her third layup and Imani Whitfield sink two free throws, giving Cass a 13-5 lead after a quarter of play. Cass was 5-of-14 from the field during the period and their opponents 2-of-9.

Trion opened scoring in the second period with a trey and Ashley Huskins answered for Cass with a 3-pointer as well to give Cass a 16-8 lead with just under a minute gone from the frame.

Wright added a bucket and Burley dropped in a 3-pointer and tacked on a free throw to take a 22-8 lead with 3:08 remaining until the break. Jana Morning sank a shot and Whitfield added a free throw while Trion tallied three points as well to close out the quarter at 25-11.

Cass was 4-of-11 from the field while Trion was a lethargic 2-of-9, allowing the Lady Colonels to outscore their visitors 12-6 during the frame.

The Lady Bulldogs started the third quarter with a cold hand, going 1-for-7 while Cass added 5 more points for a 30-13 lead.

Then Trion sank four consecutive shots to close to 30-22 boosting their shooting percentage to 5-of-14 from the field in the period. They missed their final three shots, two of them putbacks in the paint, and closed the quarter with an 11-5 advantage. Cass hit 2-of-13 from the field in the period.

In the final period, Trion opened by sinking 2-of-4 from the field while Cass’ Wright buried a 3-pointer for a 33-26 differential. Trion then added two foul shots and two buckets while Huskins added a single bucket to make the score 35-32 with the Lady Bulldogs threatening to take the lead.

However, Cass responded by stiffening its defense, with two late blocks by Huskins, and added two buckets and two foul shots by Morning. Trion added two foul shots to close out scoring.

“It was ugly, but it was a win,” Horton added. “We just didn’t play very well and they did. My hat’s off to them.”

Also scoring for Cass were Callahan, 2; Whitfield, 3; Huskins, 5; Morning, 4; Hannah Kirkpatrick, 2, Savanna Hutchins, 2.

The Lady Colonels were 14-of-46 from the field. They were 8-of-14 at the charity stripe.

Cass, 3-1, returns to the hardwood today to play Cherokee (0-3) at 6 p.m.

Trion, 0-1, plays Paulding County (2-0) in the Hoops for Hope tournament at 3 p.m.

Paulding defeated Cherokee, 53-51, in Friday play.

Excel girls lose

Excel stepped up in divisions to play Southeast Whitfield on Friday night and came up short on the offensive end.

The Lady Eagles, who play in Region 6A-A, lost 66-29 to Southeast, which plays in Region 7B-AAAA.

Top scorers for the Lady Eagles were Andrea Taylor, 12; and Miriam Hubbard, 8.