Three Bartow schools, Adairsville, Cartersville and Woodland will be among the boys and girls teams competing in the Rome News-Tribune Holiday Festival beginning Monday at Georgia Highlands’ Rome campus and Berry College.
Each team is guaranteed two games, but to win the tournament, the championship team must go undefeated. The teams that reach the championship will likely have to play three or four games in five days, making for plenty of exciting basketball from Monday to Friday.
The Cartersville boys team is expecting to play more than two games as they are the reigning champs. They will have a bye in the first round and will play on Tuesday against the winner of Monday’s first round game between Trion and Pepperell.
The Canes are now 4-1 after losing to Hillgrove Saturday in overtime.
Adairsville is currently 5-2 and will be situated alongside Cartersville in the very talented top half of the 11-team boys bracket. The Tigers will face Darlington on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at Georgia Highlands. Darlington is currently 3-1 with wins over Excel, East Paulding and Wesleyan.
The Woodland boys will face off against Cedartown Monday at 4 p.m. at Georgia Highlands in the first round on the bottom half of the bracket. Cedartown is currently 1-6 and have been losing by an average of roughly 30 points per game. If Woodland wins, the Wildcats will take on Rome, who has a bye in the first round and is currently 5-3.
On the girls side, Pepperell will be the favorite this time around after Darlington won the tournament last year. Pepperell defeated Adairsville earlier this season by a score of 64-28, but the Lady Tigers have improved since then, winning three of their last four games. They will face Woodland in the first round of the tournament Monday at 5:30 p.m. The Lady Wildcats lost a close one to Cass Saturday night and are now 7-3.
The Lady Purple Hurricanes will play Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. against Cedartown. Cedartown recently beat a Region 5-AAA team, Coahulla Creek, by 20 points and may offer some resistance to Cartersville. The Lady Canes are 5-1 after beating Adairsville 67-51 Friday night and have high hopes of bringing the trophy in the girls bracket to Cartersville.