Cartersville, Adairsville solidify playoff positioning
by Jason Greenberg
Jan 28, 2014 | 929 views | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend | print
If teams are hoping to start a winning streak and get hot heading into their respective region tournaments, now is the time to get started. Each team has between three and five games left, and these last two weeks will be influential in determining the outcome of the season.

The Cartersville and Adairsville boys and girls basketball teams are firmly in the playoff picture and, if their current region seeds hold up, will be headed toward a state playoff berth.

The Woodland girls team also has put itself among the region leaders and will likely be the second seed in the Region 5-AAAAA tournament.

BOYS

The Adairsville boys basketball team is currently 11-8 overall and 6-4 in Region 5-AAA. The Tigers are amongst a crowded group of contenders for the top four spots in the region. They are tied with Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe for third in the standings, one game behind Ringgold in second and one game ahead of North Murray in fifth. After splitting two region games last week, Adairsville has Ringgold and Coahulla Creek scheduled this week for today and Friday, respectively.

Cartersville is in a more comfortable situation as the Canes are 10-0 in the region and 18-2 overall. They will play Coahulla Creek and Gordon Central today and Friday, respectively. Neither one of those teams will offer much resistance as Cartersville should have the top seed in the region tournament clinched by the end of the week.

Meanwhile, Excel is coming off an important win against Southwest Atlanta Christian and is now 4-6 in region 6-A, sub-region A. The Eagles play Trion today, who is 9-0 in region play. Friday’s game will be critical for the Eagles. If they beat Mount Zion, they will jump them in the standings to take over fourth in the sub-region.

Like Excel, Woodland plays the region’s lone undefeated team today as Allatoona comes to town. Friday’s Paulding County game will be more competitive as Woodland won the first matchup between the two teams by a score of 49-48

Woodland will then play Cass the following day at home. The Wildcats are currently 11-10, 5-7 in Region 5-AAAAA. Their record is good enough for eighth in an 11-team region, but Woodland is only two games back of the fourth seed, currently held by Paulding County.

GIRLS

Adairsville has been the second best team in Region 5-AAA behind only Cartersville. At 8-2 in the region, the Lady Tigers are one game ahead of Sonoraville, the team currently in third place. Sonoraville and Adairsville will meet next week, but Adairsville must first take care of business against Ringgold today and Coahulla Creek Friday. Each of those two teams has just three wins in the region.

The Lady Canes defeated Adairsville and Sonoraville last week and are now in the driver’s seat to finish first in the region with an undefeated record. The team has two road games scheduled this week against Coahulla Creek today and Gordon Central on Friday.

On the other hand, Excel has a lot of work to do as the Lady Eagles are 3-6 in the region but will play Trion today and Mount Zion on Friday, both trailing Excel in the standings. As a result, Excel will have a chance to improve its record this week.

Woodland is the third girls team with a winning record in region play. The Lady Wildcats are 10-2 in the region, good enough for second behind only undefeated Hiram. They will play today at home against Allatoona and Friday on the road at Paulding County. Allatoona is 6-6 and Paulding County is 9-3 in region play.

Cass is coming off a loss Monday to Pickens and are now 1-5 in the region. The Lady Colonels face Cedartown today on the road and Woodland Saturday. Cedartown is winless in region play.