Not only did the Wildcats defeat crosstown rival Cartersville 66-9 Tuesday at Woodland High, but the program raised nearly $1,000 dollars for homeless children in Bartow County.
“I think, for the first time we ever did it, I would say it was a success,” Woodland wrestling coach Adrian Tramutola said. “A thousand dollars for a couple of hours of work is not very bad at all. I think we can do way better next year with a little better planning, but overall, I’m pretty pleased with it.”
Kelly Whitmire, who is the homeless liaison for Bartow County Schools, will distribute the funds raised at the event to those in need during the holiday season.
On the mats, Woodland was impressive as nine Woodland wrestlers recorded pins including Jesus Montero, Jake Huffine, Houston Stewart, Brandon Smith, Jermel Lewis and Damek Lewis.
Cartersville girls basketball plays impressive first, fourth quarters
The Lady Purple Hurricanes defeated Cedartown Tuesday in the Rome News-Tribune Holiday Festival by a score of 61-41.
Cartersville scored 20 first-quarter points to jump out to an early lead. At one point in the second quarter, the team led 28-13.
However, Cedartown would mount a comeback and eventually tied the score near the end of the third quarter.
The Lady Canes scored 15 points in the second and third quarters combined.
“We just didn’t do what we need to. It was kind of a lethargic second and third quarter,” Cartersville head coach Cindy Moore said. “We didn’t finish well, we fouled too much and we were settling for jump shots.”
Cartersville picked up its defensive intensity in the fourth and ran away with the game, scoring 26 points in the final period.
“Our defensive intensity and our pressure defense was the catalyst,” Moore said. “I thought Cedartown played very well.
“A win is a win. We’ll take that.”
Hallie Wachsmuth was the leading scorer for Cartersville with 15 points. Morgan Jones added 12 points and nine rebounds while Kaelyn Irby had 14 points and seven assists.
The Lady Canes will now move on to play Darlington Thursday in the next round of the Holiday Festival with a 7 p.m. tipoff time at Georgia Highlands.
Canes win despite lackluster effort
The Cartersville boys basketball team defeated Trion Tuesday night at Berry College by a score of 79-53 despite just two quality quarters.
“We had an ourstanding second and fourth quarter and the first and third just were not,” Cartersville head coach Mike Tobin said. “It was just weird. It was like Jekyll and Hyde.”
Trion was 4-0 heading into its second-round matchup with Cartersville and gave the Canes all they could handle in the first quarter.
“After the first quarter, they realized it was going to be a battle and they had to get moving,” Tobin said.
Cartersville outscored Trion 27-8 in the second quarter, but was outscored by Trion 16-9 in the third.
Still, the Canes brought the lead back out to 20 in the fourth quarter and held on for the convincing victory.
Ryan Davis was the leading scorer for Cartersville with 24. A.J. Mosby had 13 and Hunter Benham had 12.
Cartersville will return to the hardwood Thursday against Darlington for an 8:30 p.m. tipoff at Berry College.
Adairsville falls late to Darlington
The Adairsville boys basketball team led for most of the way in its game Tuesday night in the Rome News-Tribune Holiday Festival against Darlington, but late turnovers and foul trouble led to a 62-58 loss.
“It was a good game. Both teams played very hard,” Adairsville coach Kent Howard said. “We missed a lot of shots around the basket, turned the ball over too many times and Darlington played really well down the stretch.”
The Tigers were in control of the game throughout and led by nine with about five minutes remaining in the game. It was then that turnovers and missed shots allowed Darlington to come back and take the lead.
Sammie Frazier’s late game foul trouble also hurt the Tigers in their attempt to hold on to their lead.
“We missed some shots in the fourth quarter,” Howard said. “They made plays at the end that we didn’t make and that was all she wrote.
“We just kept turning the ball over and we had a lot of inexperience out there. We’re playing some sophomores and the experience factor played in.”
Darlington has played well this season and is now 4-1 on the year.
For Adairsville, Frazier had a double-double and Tyler Washington also reached double figures.
The Tigers will play again today against Pepperell at 4 p.m. at Georgia Highlands.