Canes get best of rival Colonels, 89-37
by Jason Greenberg
Dec 08, 2013 | 1253 views | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Cass-Cartersville rivalry is, arguably, the most competitive rivalry in Bartow County. However, the Colonels’ basketball team is having a down year and the Purple Hurricanes boast a deep and talented senior-laden roster. As a result, the two teams’ matchups this year may not be as competitive as they have been in recent memory.

Cartersville got the better of Cass Saturday night at the Storm Center as they rode the extra energy from the home crowd, jumped out to an early lead, and pulled away to win by a score of 89-37.

“We’re always fired up to play Cass and we know Cass is fired up to play us,” Cartersville head coach Mike Tobin said. “I felt like we had a lot more energy than we had when we played Rome.”

The Canes scored the first 18 points in the game befor Cass’ Jordan Morning hit a 3 over six minutes into the game. Cartersville’s athleticism forced seven first-quarter turnovers by Cass.

The turnovers resulted in fast-break offense for Cartersville. Seniors Hakeem Winter and Ryan Davis threw down a first-quarter transition dunk each to the roar of the crowd of roughly 830.

Cartersville was able to score in the half court as well thanks to strong ball movement.

“The difference between this game and when we played Rome is we played as a team and made the extra pass,” Tobin said. “We were more in rhythm. I told our guys at halftime and after the game, that’s the biggest thing we kept talking about, is how really pleased we were that we played as a team and we made the extra pass. We penetrated, dished and got a lot of looks inside. Hunter [Benham] and Jaden [McKeller] got some good looks inside.

“When we’re clicking like that, we’re hard to guard.”

Seven different players scored for Cartersville in the first quarter as the Canes shot 9-for-15 from the field, while outrebounding Cass 9-2.

Cartersville led 21-4 after the first quarter after a Zack Hacker 3 just before the buzzer.

Cass was able to get to the free throw line and put up 13 points in the second quarter.

Unfortunately for the Colonels, Cartersville stayed hot. Corey Tobin hit four 3s in the second quarter as the Canes extended their lead to 46-17 at halftime. Tobin finished with 21 points in the game.

In the second half, Cartersville got off to a fast start once again and continued to score at a high rate throughout the third quarter. Davis went coast-to-coast twice, once for a three-point play and another for a dunk in consecutive possessions for five of the team’s 26 points in the quarter. Davis finished with 17 points and eight assists.

From there, the Canes cruised as they improved to 2-0 on the season, while Cass fell to 0-7.

For the Colonels, Justin Reed had nine points and Morning had eight.

Cartersville had all 10 of its player score in the game and five players reached double digits.

Senior wing C.J. Mosby had 10 points, five assists and three steals for the Canes. Meanwhile, McKeller had 10 points and seven rebounds. Benham had 10 points and four rebounds.

Each team’s next game is a region matchup at home Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. as Cartersville takes on Sonoraville while Cass faces Dalton.

Tigers win second region game

The Adairsville boys basketball team is now 2-0 in its region and 4-1 overall as the Tigers defeated Rockmart Friday by a score of 60-51.

“It was a lot of fun,” Adairsville head coach Kent Howard said. “We’ve had two nights of fun basketball back-to-back. We’ve had good crowds and good competitive teams.”

Adairsville trailed heading into the fourth quarter, but managed to come out with the victory.

“We just had a really good fourth quarter. We attacked the rim; we made some free throws,” Howard said. “We outrebounded them and limited them to one shot. Rockmart is really good at attacking the glass. They’re very athletic, so I’m happy with how they handled it.”

Howard is also pleased with how his team handled two games in two days.

“You never know how your team is going to respond to a back-to-back,” Howard said. “I couldn’t be more proud of how they handled it.”

Adairsville will now play North Murray on Tuesday at Adairsville High with a 7:30 p.m. tipoff.

Wildcats win

Woodland improved its record to 4-3 Friday night at Woodland High as the Wildcats defeated East Paulding by a score of 54-48 in a Region 5-AAAAA matchup.

Senior guards Qua Stocks and Romello Hicks led the team in scoring with 15 and 13, respectively.

Center Carrod Watson added seven points and over 10 rebounds. However, it was his first game in which the big man did not post a double-double.

The Wildcats’ next game is Tuesday at Lithia Springs.