After a dismal shooting first half, a huge second half allowed the Cass High basketball team to overcome a deficit Tuesday against Rome, and the Colonels were able to hold off the Wolves in the fourth quarter to secure a big home region win, 46-42.
Cass lost an overtime thriller less than a week ago to Rome (4-5, 1-2), and the Colonels (10-5, 4-3) looked like they might be falling victim to the season sweep after a rough first half Tuesday saw them score just 10 points.
The defense kept Cass in the game, though, allowing just six first-quarter points to Rome and 18 in the half.
By staying in striking distance through the first two periods, the Colonels were able to take the lead in the third once the offense got rolling. Justice
Hayes was the catalyst, as he scored 11 of his game-high 15 points in the quarter to give Cass a 28-26 lead after three.
Ashton Burley also had two field goals in the third, including a 3-pointer. Burley’s 4-for-4 showing at the free throw line in the final stanza would then prove critical for Cass to hold onto the victory.
Mark Chester also scored all three of his field goals in the fourth quarter, and he finished with eight for the game.
Cass’ 36 points in the second half was a dramatic turnaround for the team, considering it made just four field goals in the first half.
The win jumped Cass over Rome in the Region 7-AAAAA standings, and the Colonels sit right in the middle of the nine-team region, within one game of three of the four teams ahead of the Colonels.
Villa Rica is ahead of everyone in the region with a perfect record, and the Wildcats will host the Colonels on Friday.
Rome 65, Cass girls 42
The Cass High girls basketball team got a rematch of last week’s 73-51 loss to Rome, this time at Cass High Tuesday night.
While the location of the game changed, the margin of victory for the Wolves was similar, as the Colonels took a 65-42 loss.
Rome was recently knocked out of the top 10 in the Class 5A rankings after falling to No. 6 Villa Rica on Saturday.
With the loss, Cass falls to 9-6 overall and 3-4 in region play, putting the team out of the top five in Region 7-AAAAA.
The Lady Colonels will end a rough four-game span at Villa Rica on Friday, a stretch in which they played four games against teams ranked in the top 10 entering last week.
The schedule significantly eases up on Cass after Friday, though, as the team hopes to make a late-season playoff push.