24 assists pave way in Lady Cane victory
by David Royal
Jan 09, 2014 | 634 views | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Cartersville girls got a little help from their teammates — in the form of 24 assists — and that helped the Lady Purple Hurricanes improve to 5-0 in their region Wednesday night.

The Lady Canes also took advantage of a ton of second-chance shots and stellar defensive play to pound Gordon Central, 73-38, in girls high school basketball action.

The game originally had been scheduled for Tuesday night but was played instead Wednesday at the Storm Center.

“I feel like we did a lot of good things tonight and moved in the right direction, especially defensively,” head coach Cindy Moore said. “This was a two-year high as a team for us.

“That’s unselfish basketball and a sign of a good basketball team. You want to credit the folks who put the points up, but when you have players who are willing to give up the basketball it helps the coach tremendously.”

Morgan Jones helped get the Lady Canes started in the contest as she scooped up a 3-point miss by Hallie Wachsmuth and let it kiss the backboard for a 2-0 lead some 20 seconds into the contest. Wachsmuth laid her second attempt in off the backboard for a 4-0 lead that was quickly cut to 4-3 when Ashley Farrell hit a 3-pointer for the Lady Warriors.

A 2-pointer by Kimora McClinic extended Cartersville’s lead to 6-3 but Farrell answered with her second trey to knot the score at 6-all.

Cartersville used a 6-0 run, five of those points from Maya Jones, to improve to 12-6. The Lady Canes tacked on four more points while allowing two points to bring the first quarter to a close with Cartersville up, 16-8.

Madison McKinney and Maya Jones each tallied two buckets each while Gordon Central dropped 6 points on the scoreboard and Cartersville led, 24-14. Cartersville closed the second frame with an 11-4 run and led 35-18 at the break. The Lady Canes dropped 19 points on the Lady Warriors in the second quarter while allowing 10.

Cartersville started the third quarter with a 16-7 run, with six points coming from Morgan Jones and six from Maya Jones. The Lady Canes led 57-33 after three full quarters of play.

Cartersville opened the final quarter with a 14-1 run and advanced to a 71-34 lead. The Lady Canes added one more bucket while Gordon Central closed with a 4-2 run.

Cartersville scored 16 points in the final period while Gordon Central dropped in five points.

Moore liked the challenges thrown at Cartersville.

“We played man, half court, did a good job help side and did a good job rebounding,” Moore said. “Our posts did a good job defensively and really moved their feet. A few times they had to guard somebody away from the basket and did a good job. Obviously being able to score in transition is something we try to do and like to do.”

Maya Jones was the leading scorer for Cartersville with 19 points while Morgan smacked the nets for 10. Motuba tallied 9 points.

“Our post players had 43 points,” Moore noted. “That’s obviously what we have to have from here on out to be balanced in our scoring. Everybody knows we have a point guard that can do so many things but the thing she does well is find the open person and she did that tonight.

“Being able to finish was key. I’m very pleased with my post play defensively and, obviously, scoring the basketball.”

Moore said the team is doing the little things that are needed to win ballgames.

“They are ... playing good defense and off-the-ball defense is important. Rebounding and not getting beat, reading somebody’s eyes and picking off the basketball. If you do all those little things it gives you a big result, which is what we’re striving for.”

Morgan Jones grabbed six rebounds for Cartersville while Monica Motuba seized five and Rachel Christina, five.

Cartersville improved its overall record to 12-2. It returns to the hardwood Friday when it visits Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe. Tipoff is at 7 p.m.

Gordon Central is 6-9 overall and 2-3 in the region. It visits North Murray on Friday with a 7 p.m. tipoff.