It took two overtime sessions for the fifth-ranked Chapel Hill boys to shake off Cartersville in a thrilling Saturday afternoon affair at The Storm Center.
In their third game against a ranked opponent in five days, the Canes came their closest to upsetting one of the best teams in Class 4A. Instead, the Panthers persevered in earning an 82-79 win in double overtime.
Cartersville (5-8, 1-4 Region 5-AAAA) had to overcome a rough first half to force overtime. Chapel Hill (11-6, 3-1) took a 17-11 lead after one quarter before expanding its advantage to 37-23 by the halftime interval.
The Canes, though, doubled up the visitors 20-10 in the third quarter to get back into the game. Seven different players scored for Cartersville in the period, led by two 3-pointers and six points from Kolbe Benham.
The combination of Micah Tart and Kam Callahan helped the Canes complete the comeback, at least enough to force overtime at 62-all. Tart had eight points in the period, including a 4-for-4 showing at the foul line, while Callahan added seven.
Each team scored 10 points in the first extra session before Chapel Hill managed to outscore the hosts over the second four-minute overtime.
Benham led Cartersville with 19 points, hitting four treys for a total of 10 over the past two games. Tart and Callahan added 16 and 11, respectively. Kyler Johnson scored half of his 14 points after the end of regulation.
Mired in a four-game losing skid, the Canes will look to right the ship next weekend, when they travel Friday to Troup County and Saturday to Cedartown.
Chapel Hill 43, Cartersville girls 38
Entering Saturday, the Cartersville girls had a chance to put some distance between themselves and the possible play-in game for the Region 5-AAAA tournament.
Instead, the Canes dropped from fifth to sixth in the seven-team region after a 43-38 loss to Chapel Hill at The Storm Center.
Cartersville (8-9, 1-4) got off to a decent enough start, as five different players combined to give the hosts an 11-10 lead after one period. But a rough second quarter allowed Chapel Hill (8-9, 1-3) to charge back and take a 22-15 lead by halftime.
The Panthers managed to take a 30-24 lead into the fourth quarter before the Canes made things interesting down the stretch. Cartersville narrowed the deficit to two points with under a minute to go but couldn't finish off the rally.
While missed field goal definitely hurt the Canes, an 11-for-21 showing at the foul line certainly didn't help. However, the charity stripe did help Cartersville almost complete its comeback, as the team shot 8-for-10 in the final stanza.
Ariana Cochran and Cio Seigler led the Canes offense. Cochran had 11 points, five of which came in the fourth quarter. Seigler added nine points, six of which were in the final period.
Cartersville won't have an easy time trying to bounce back Friday, as the Canes will head to Troup County to face the unbeaten and sixth-ranked Tigers.