After defeating top Region 5-AAAA contenders LaGrange and Sandy Creek within the last week, Friday night’s game against Chapel Hill must have felt like a walk in the park for the Cartersville High boys basketball team.
The Canes remained unbeaten in the region with a sound 76-47 win over the Panthers, and now move to 12-2 overall and 5-0 in region.
Cartersville, which is ranked between 7th and 9th in the various state polls for Class 4A, pulled away from Chapel Hill in the second quarter with an 18-7 run.
The usual suspects, T.J. Horton and Jaylon Pugh, combined to score 14 points in the period, with Pugh’s contributions coming from two 3-pointers.
Horton finished with a game-high 20, and his eight points in the second quarter helped Cartersville take a 35-22 halftime lead.
More strong defense and another scoring outburst created even more distance from Chapel Hill in the third quarter. Isaac Gridley chipped in all six of his points in the period to help extend the lead to 58-31 after three.
The fourth quarter was played fairly evenly, but a couple of Canes were able to pad their stats in a game that was already long over.
JKobe Orr finished tied with Pugh for second on the team with 10 points. Taywuan Johnson added nine, Perignon Dyer had seven and Luke Schiltz had six to make for a balanced scorebook.
Cartersville will look to make it six consecutive wins Tuesday at Troup County.