No. 1 Canes withstand another bid for an upset
by Staff Reports
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As if being the top boys basketball team in Region 5-AAA were not enough, the Cartersville Purple Hurricanes have garnered the eyes of the entire state — and subsequently every team’s best shot — after being ranked the No. 1 team in Class AAA earlier this month.

The Canes (19-0, 8-0) have taken it all in stride and continued their dominant display of basketball Friday at Ringgold, winning 66-49 to successfully begin the second go-round of their region schedule.

“We didn’t play that well offensively,” Cartersville coach Mike Tobin acknowledged. “It wasn’t pretty, but we won and … we’re just happy to get a win.”

After the first quarter, the Canes led 23-11, a lead that built to 41-23 at halftime.

Excel 63, Mount Zion 40

Excel got off to a slow start but found a higher gear in the second quarter and raced past Mount Zion, 63-40, Friday night in boys high school basketball.

Mount Zion led 10-8 after a quarter of play but the Eagles responded with a 21-10 run in the second quarter for a 31-18 halftime lead.

The Eagles stretched their lead to 49-29 after three quarters, and improved their overall record to 17-1, 6-0 in Region 6A-A.

River Ridge 56, Cass 42

Eighteen games into the season and coach Greg Scott is still trying to figure out why his Cass Colonels continue to miss wide-open shots within five feet of the basket.

In the Colonels’ 56-42 loss to River Ridge Friday at home, Cass began digging its own hole by missing two straight layups in the opening minutes of the first quarter.

“Once you start digging yourself a hole, it’s hard to come back to win no matter how well or bad you shoot the ball,” Scott said. “I know we missed at least eight shots from close range.”

Reasons Scott provided to why his players continue to struggle from the field include a lack of focus, thinking they will get fouled or they take their eyes off the basket.

“It’s very frustrating to watch this game after game,” he said. “Some quarters we come out and score 20 points. Then we follow that up by scoring only four points the very next quarter.”

Trailing 32-26 at halftime, Cass managed to score just six points in the third quarter.

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