Canes begin tourney with win, Wildcats fall to Black Knights
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Defense, not offense, is what carried the Cartersville Purple Hurricanes to a hard-fought 46-32 victory over Fellowship Christian Thursday night in the opening round of the Pickens holiday basketball tournament.

“This [Fellowship Christian] is a team that holds its opponents to 32 points on average per game,” Cartersville coach Mike Tobin said.

Therefore, Tobin wasn’t surprised by the low-scoring affair which saw Fellowship Christian outscore the Canes 20-15 in the second half. Fortunately, Cartersville was up by 19 points at halftime.

He knew the Canes would be going up against a team that was fundamentally sound and would make his team work for its points.

Central Gwinnett 54, Woodland 41

Coach John Howard gave his Woodland Wildcats a well-deserved holiday break following their victory over Armuchee in the consolation round of the Rome News-Tribune holiday festival.

Coming off that break though, the Wildcats left that holiday momentum at home as they lost 54-41 to the Central Gwinnett Black Knights (6-6) in the opening round of the Allatoona Lake City Classic Thursday.

Woodland is one of eight boys teams competing in the third annual Lake City Classic.

Allatoona hosted River Ridge in one half of the bracket, along with North Clayton and Alexander. The other half had Woodland losing to Central Gwinnett and Cambridge losing to Marietta.

“It was nice to head into the holiday break with our win against Armuchee,” Howard said. “It definitely took the sting out of our loss to Cartersville. But the layoff since then definitely hurt us, considering our sluggish, first-quarter performance against Central Gwinnett.”

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