The Kell girls controlled the tempo, but the Cass girls controlled the scoreboard in Tuesday’s Region 7-AAAAA matchup.
The Colonels stayed patient against a Longhorns squad that slowed the pace of the game to a crawl to avoid another blowout similar to the 78-47 pasting Cass put on it in the team’s first meeting.
While the strategy kept the score much closer, it wasn’t enough to cancel out the superior talent at Burt Jackson’s disposal. A team that loves to put up points, Cass leaned on a stingy defense to come away with a 38-23 road win.
Claire Davis scored all of the Colonels’ six points in the first period, but Cass (14-2, 6-2) still managed to hold the lead at 6-4.
Londaisha Smith contributed four of her 10 points in the second period to extend the Colonels lead to 15-8 by halftime.
Payton Stoddard dropped home all five of her points in the third quarter, as Cass stretched its advantage to 27-16 entering the final period.
While it was far from the Colonels’ best showing at the foul line, Cass hit just enough free throws to keep Kell (6-10, 3-5) at bay.
Davis finished with 13 points to lead Cass, while Sharia Wade chipped in with two 3-pointers and seven total points.
The Colonels host Paulding County (Friday) and East Paulding (Saturday) ahead of next Tuesday’s rematch with Rome.
East Paulding 59, Woodland girls 51
A 23-point eruption in the fourth quarter wasn’t enough for Woodland to overcome a 19-point deficit, as the Wildcats fell on the road to East Paulding by a 59-51 final score Tuesday night.
Madgie Robinson and Ansley Evans led the Woodland comeback attempt. Robinson had 10 of her 12 points in the final period, and Evans chipped in six of her 11.
It wasn’t enough to overcome a rough opening quarter. East Paulding came out with a purpose, taking a commanding 17-2 lead after one quarter.
Woodland (1-14, 1-7 Region 7-AAAAA) found its footing in the second quarter, but East Paulding (2-12, 2-6) still managed to take a healthy 29-13 advantage into the halftime break.
Facing the only team they’ve beaten so far this season, the Wildcats fell further behind in the third stanza, trailing 42-23 entering the fourth quarter.
Abigail Taylor and Gracie Styles added eight and seven points, respectively, for Woodland. The Wildcats host Rome on Friday.
North Murray 49, Adairsville girls 18
The Adairsville girls will be happy to have put the toughest portion of its Region 6-AAA slate behind them.
The Tigers have opened the second half of the region schedule with road losses to Ringgold and North Murray — the latter a 49-18 setback on Tuesday.
With that part of the docket behind it, Adairsville will look to pick up some wins against teams with which it matches up better.
In Tuesday’s loss, the Tigers were held scoreless in the first period to allow the Mountaineers (11-7, 7-3) to build a 12-0 lead. A 10-point second quarter didn’t help much, as Adairsville trailed 32-10 at halftime.
North Murray held a 17-8 scoring advantage in the second half, despite a scoreless fourth quarter, to cruise to victory.
Lori Cimino scored six points to lead the Tigers (4-14, 1-9), who host Sonoraville next Tuesday.