The Lady Colonels matched Cartersville basket for basket and trailed just 13-12 after a full quarter of play.
The Lady Canes responded with a dominating second quarter and outscored their hosts 26-7 to grab a 39-19 lead at halftime.
“Cass came out ready to play,” Cartersville coach Cindy Moore said. “They had a good game plan with us early and we didn’t execute. I think we had seven turnovers in the first quarter. We had two fouls in the first 15 seconds. We didn’t come out in the first four minutes of the game with the mental toughness we needed.”
That changed quickly as Cartersville opened the frame with an 8-0 run and went up 21-12 at the 6:15 mark of the period.
Cartersville followed that up with a 12-4 run for a 33-16 lead that became 39-19 at the halfway point of the game.
“We made a little bit of an adjustment, started calming down and executing a little bit and got good possessions and didn’t give them any second possessions,” Moore said. “I think we did better on the boards after that and kept them from getting second shots and got a little transition started. When you have someone like Kaelyn [Irby] on the open floor, you usually are going to get something good. She’s usually going to get a high percentage shot for someone else or herself.”
Cartersville continued to control the action in the third quarter, moving out to a 52-25 lead.
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