The Cass boys needed a buzzer-beater to beat East Paulding in the teams' first meeting of the season. There was considerably less drama in Saturday's rematch, but the Colonels still needed a big fourth quarter to earn a 70-61 road win.
Cass (12-8, 7-4 Region 7-AAAAA) held a 41-38 lead after three quarters before the Colonels and Raiders (7-12, 3-8) combined for 52 points over a frantic final eight minutes.
Jordan Ford had a dozen points in the fourth quarter. He and Braxton Benham each knocked down two 3-pointers over that span. Zaylan Chaney also had a big final stanza, matching Benham with six points in the period. Chaney finished with a team-high 18 points, Ford wound up with 17 and Benham chipped in with 15.
C.J. Pipkin had all five of his points in the opening period, as Cass built a 13-8 lead. The Colonels managed to hold a 25-22 at halftime before each team scored 16 points in the third quarter, including six from Chaney.
The victory marked the second Cass win in Dallas in a 24 hours after having defeated Paulding County Friday night. The Colonels will aim for a third straight win Tuesday, when they host Rome.
Cass girls 70, East Paulding 49
A dominant showing over the middle two quarters allowed the Cass girls to roll to a 70-49 road win Saturday at East Paulding.
The Colonels (14-6, 5-6 Region 7-AAAAA) held a slim 16-14 lead after one quarter, while the Raiders (4-15, 3-8) actually held a 12-9 scoring edge in the fourth. However, Cass owned a sizable 45-23 advantage across the second and third periods.
Claire Davis had a lot to do with that. After scoring six points in the first quarter, the sophomore erupted for 14 in the second, burying a pair of 3-pointers in the process.
Londaisha Smith led a balanced third quarter attack to see the Colonels expand upon their 37-27 halftime lead. The junior had eight points in the period, Keara McDaniel had five, and Amaya Ford and Davis added four apiece.
Davis finished with a game-high 26 points. Smith came through with 16 points. McDaniel and Ford chipped in eight points each off the bench.
Cass remains in fifth place in the region standings, and armed with back-to-back wins, the Colonels will look to knock off second-place Rome Tuesday at home.