The Cartersville High girls basketball team’s defense was the story Friday night, as the Lady Canes beat Chapel Hill at the Storm Center by the low final score of 36-25.
Cartersville’s defense did not allow any Chapel Hill player to score more than five points for the game, and as a result, the Lady Canes snapped a five-game losing streak.
Kalli Scheff had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds, while Addie Smith chipped in eight points, and Cartersville earned its first region win to move to 6-9 overall and 1-3 in Region 5-AAAA.
The win also was Cindy Moore’s 300th as the head coach of Cartersville.
The Lady Canes methodically increased their lead throughout the game, but really separated in the fourth with 13 points in the final period, a relative offensive outburst for the points-deficient game.
Most of those points in the fourth came at the free throw line, and point guard A’mya Davis scored all five of her points in the fourth, including going 3-for-4 from the free throw line.
Smith was the one that got Cartersville off to a strong start, as the senior captain scored six of the team’s eight points in the first quarter to give Cartersville an 8-7 lead.
Three field goals — one each by Arianna Cochran, Cio Seigler and Scheff — gave Cartersville a 14-11 lead when Chapel Hill struggled and scored just four points in the second quarter.
Cartersville then increased its lead in the third, going up 23-18, led by Scheff’s four points in the period.
Cartersville then went just 7-for-17 from the free throw line in the fourth as Chapel Hill tried to stop the clock and extend the game. However, given the Panther’s scoring woes, it was more than enough to hold on for the win.
Now that the five-game drought is over, Cartersville will look to get a winning streak going Tuesday at Troup County.