However, Ringgold has provided very little competition at all as the Canes have defeated the Tigers twice by 36 points each game, the latest coming in a 67-31 win Friday night win at Cartersville High.
“We played real well,” Cartersville head coach Mike Tobin said. “We played real well in the defensive end, but I thought that was one of the best games we’ve played offensively, too. We were making the extra pass and we got after it.”
Cartersville jumped on Ringgold early and led by a score of 29-10 after the first quarter. According to Tobin, the key to the fast start was his team’s energy on defense and unselfishness on offense.
“We had four guys in double figures and 10 guys score. They really distributed the ball well,” he said. “We really jumped on them and were ready to roll. We had a nice crowd and got after it.”
Ryan Davis led the scoring for Cartersville with 14. Corey Tobin was right behind him with 13, followed by A.J. Mosby and Hunter Benham with 10 each.
Cartersville is now 16-2, 7-0 in the region, and will travel to Sonoraville for its next game on Tuesday.
Christian Heritage 59,
Excel Christian Academy 58
It is always a good experience for young basketball teams to play in close games.
Unfortunately for Excel, the Eagles fell on the wrong side of a thriller in which Christian Heritage converted on a three-point play with just three seconds remaining to hand Excel the road loss.
“It’s a tough loss,” Excel head coach Chad Parker said. “It came down to the last shot. We had a two-point lead and they drove to the basket and got fouled for a three-point play to go up one with three seconds left. We got a pretty decent look at a 3-pointer and it just rimmed it out.”
Excel’s point guard, Cade Archer, went down with an injury in the first two minutes of the game. The Eagles’ depth would be tested even more as two more starters got into foul trouble.
“We just had a lot of adversity,” Parker said. “Playing on the road is never easy, we had to play a lot of different people because everybody was in foul trouble, and when Cade Archer got hurt in the first two minutes, that changed our rotation a lot.”
The Eagles jumped out to an early lead and led by 20-12 at one point in the second quarter. However, the fouls started to rack up and Christian Heritage was able to take a seven-point lead by halftime.
Excel would fight back, but Christian Heritage’s three-point play at the end of the game would eventually give the Eagles the loss as they are now 6-11 overall and 3-4 in region play.
“It’s a great experience playing on the road,” Parker said. “But we felt we were the better team. It was just tough conditions.”
River Ridge 49, Cass 36
The River Ridge defense was too much for the Colonels on the road Friday night.
Cass shot 31 percent from the field in a defensive struggle as River Ridge took a second-quarter lead and was able to keep it until the final buzzer.
Justin Reed and Keylon Woodard led Cass in scoring with nine, followed by Jordan Morning with eight.
Cass is now 7-12 and will play Gilmer at home Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
Rome 70, Woodland 46
Turnovers and free throw shooting ultimately did the Wildcats in Friday night in their loss at home against region rival Rome.
Woodland turned the ball over 22 times in the game and shot 6-for-14 from the free throw line as the team now drops to 10-9 overall and 4-7 in Region 5-AAAAA.
Rome got off to an excellent start, scoring the first 14 points of the game, many of them off of Woodland turnovers. Rome’s press forced six in the first three and a half minutes.
The Wildcats would settle down soon after and make a run of their own, but still trailed 17-9 at the end of the first quarter.
Woodland’s second-leading scorer, Romello Hicks, quickly picked up his third foul in the second quarter, and received limited minutes in the first half because of the foul trouble.
Overall, Rome drew 10 fouls and shot 16 free throws in the first half. Woodland only drew two fouls and did not get to the free throw line in the half. As a result, the Wildcats trailed by a score of 29-16 at halftime.
Woodland was forced to play from behind in the second half and was unable to make much of a dent in the Rome lead.
Rome once again forced several turnovers using its full-court press defense. Woodland finished with nine in the third quarter and 22 in the game.
A 19-point lead allowed the Wolves to cruise in the fourth quarter to a 6-4 region record.
Meanwhile, the Wildcats will have a chance to bounce back today on the road against East Paulding.