Colonels pull away from Tigers in 50-31 victory
by David Royal
Jan 05, 2014 | 720 views | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Rejiyah Burley had a monster third quarter, scoring 10 of her game-high 17 points, and Cass scored 20 points while holding Adairsville to 3 points in the frame on its way to defeating Adairsville, 50-31, Saturday night.

Ashley Huskins also dropped in five of her seven points in the pivotal third quarter during which the Lady Colonels dropped 20 points through the nets at Cass High.

“We didn’t do anything special,” head coach Jamie Horton said. “We just came out and played and the girls responded.”

Horton said the Lady Colonels fell the previous night, 57-40, and he felt they didn’t do some of the little things needed to win.

“We talked about it last night, about finishing somebody,” he said Saturday evening. “When you have opportunities, you have to be able to convert, just finish.”

He said the Lady Colonels did that against Adairsville, particularly in the third quarter.

Cass got off to a good start against the Lady Tigers as Hannah Kirkpatrick opened scoring for the evening by bringing down a Burley missed 3-pointer and putting it through the hoop at the 6:30 mark of the first quarter. Almost two minutes later Kirkpatrick got a shot under the basket courtesy of a Jana Morning assist. Kelsy Hice answered with two free throws to start the scoring for the Lady Tigers and closed to 4-2.

Cass followed that score with a 9-4 run and claimed a 13-6 lead after a full quarter of play.

The Lady Colonels used a 7-5 run to claim a 20-11 lead midway through the second frame, their scores including a bucket by Kelsey Wright, a 3-pointer by Burley and a bucket by Morning. Adairsville scored on a 3-pointer by Stephanie Kuhrt and a bucket by Mallorie Collum.

The Lady Tigers closed the frame with an 8-6 run, their points coming by way of a 3-pointer by Julia Roberson, a 2-pointer by Kuhrt and then a 3-pointer by Kuhrt.

Cass blew open the doors in the third quarter with a 20-3 run that began with a layup by Burley and closed with a 2-pointer she tossed in.

Huskins hit a 3-pointer and a deuce in the period as well as Cass stretched its 7-point lead to 22.

Adairsville responded with a 9-4 run in the final period and closed to within 19. Cass hurt its cause with seven turnovers during the final period while the Lady Tigers stepped up their drives to the basket and netted 10 foul shots as a result, hitting six. Adairsville also helped its cause with a trey from Savanna Hutchins.

Horton praised the play of Burley, who seems to double as a scoring dynamo for Cass at times.

“She can score,” he said. “Tonight, she gave the ball up some, passed it out. She’s really developing as a player.”

He also cited the work of Ashley Huskins.

“Ashley hit a couple of wide open shots,” he said. “That really knocked the lid off it for us. She played really well in that third quarter.”

Morning was another of the leading scorers for Cass, tossing in nine points.

Adairsville was led by Kuhrt, who dropped 11 points on the evening, and Collum, with 6 points.

Cass improved to 7-8 on the season, 0-1 in its region. It next plays on Friday when it hosts Cedartown, another region foe. Tipoff is at 7 p.m.

Adairsville fell to 5-6 overall, 3-1 in its region. It next plays Tuesday when it visits Coahulla Creek. Tipoff is at 6 p.m.