The win improved Cartersville’s record to 15-7, 10-2 in Region 5-AAA.
Coach Cindy Moore said Cartersville got ahead several times but then “made some bad decisions with the ball” and failed to extend its lead when it had its chances.
The Lady Canes held an 18-14 lead after a quarter of play, then a halftime lead of 35-33.
The two teams were tied at 45-all after three frames of play, and Cartersville won the game with a 13-10 run in the final period.
“No one was really able to get the game in hand,” Moore said. “It was back-and-forth throughout and we never felt totally in sync.”
The victory did wrap up a No. 2 seed in their region for the Lady Canes.
Rome 44, Woodland 34
Woodland stood at the cusp of victory against Rome on Tuesday, but the Lady Wolves found a way to win late by scoring in the paint area to grab a 44-34 victory.
The Lady Wildcats had pulled within three points of Rome when Katie Harris hit a short jumper with just over two minutes remaining in the game, the scoreboard reading 37-34.
However, Woodland missed its next four shots while Rome hit three field goals and a free throw to close with a 7-0 run that made the scoreboard look less competitive than the game was in actuality.
Both teams opened the game minus their shooting touch, as Rome held a 6-3 lead after a quarter of play.
Woodland used a 5-2 run to knot the game at 8-all early in the second period, but the Lady Wolves threatened to break it open by answering with a 15-6 run to take a 23-14 lead at the break.
Mount Zion 41, Excel 37
Excel lost a heartbreaker to Mount Zion, 41-37, Tuesday night.
Coach Michael Roberson said the Lady Eagles trailed early but came back and almost got a victory.
“We ran out of time. We were leading and they pulled ahead of us, then we made a valiant effort to come back,” the coach said. “We trailed as much as a dozen points in the fourth quarter, but we just ran out of time and I ran out of timeouts.”
Excel had a 7-6 lead after a quarter of play, but Mount Zion used a 10-5 run to take a 16-12 lead at the game’s halfway point. Mount Zion added five more points to its lead in the third quarter, trailing 29-20 at its end. In the final period Excel chipped off five points from the lead, but that still left it with a four-point deficit at game’s end.
Andrea Taylor led the Lady Eagles with 19 points, all made in the second half.
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