“Come Monday, we go back to work,” Cass head coach Jamie Horton said. “We have to get ready for River Ridge on Friday.”
The Lady Colonels got their victory the hard way on Saturday, with a fourth-quarter comeback.
“It was a close game and we were able to hold on at the end,” Horton said.
Cass held the early lead in their game, as they finished the first quarter in front of Cartersville, 14-8. That didn’t last, however, as the Lady Canes erased their six-point deficit in time for the halftime break, when both teams were tied at 27-all.
In the third quarter, Cartersville outscored the Lady Colonels, 19-15, and was in front 46-42 entering the game’s final quarter.
Cass scored 18 points in the final frame to 11 for Cartersville and were ahead late in the contest. They then held on for the win.
Horton said one of the big keys in the Cass victory was its ability to keep Kaelyn Irby, Cartersville’s all-state senior point guard, from offensively taking over the game.
“Hannah Kirkpatrick and Kelsey Wright were able to hold her to 12 points,” Horton said. “They did a real good job on her and it gave us a chance to win.”
He said the Lady Colonels also played “together as a team.”
“I think we did a real good job of controlling the flow of the game.”
Horton said the win is the first for his girls since Irby has been running the offense for Cartersville. “It’s our first victory against them in four years. Since Irby started playing there, it’s been a real tough go. She’s a heck of a player, one of the best I’ve seen since I’ve been coaching.”
Rejiyah Burley paced Cass’s scoring with 19 points. Kirkpatrick dropped in 13 points, Jana Morning accounted for 11 and Ashley Huskins tallied seven.
Cass improved to 10-8 overall with the victory and 1-1 in its region.
Cartersville fell to 11-3 with the loss. It returns to the hardwood Tuesday, when it visits North Murray in a region matchup. Tipoff is at 6 p.m.
The win was Cass High’s second in as many nights, as the Lady Colonels overpowered Cedartown, 56-44, on Friday night. Cass is 1-1 in its region.
The team’s next region game is Friday night, when it visits River Ridge.
In another schedule change, Horton announced the Lady Colonels will play Gilmer County on Jan. 18. Tipoff is at 5 p.m.